Antalya mayor: We spit on no one .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANTALYA - Israeli people coming to Turkey are in a difficult situation following the developments in Davos said Momo Uzsinay, chairman of Turkey Union in Israel, stating "the people in Antalya spit at us."

Antalya Mayor Alaaddin Yüksel responding to Momo Uzsinay’s comments, said: "Antalya people do not spit on anyone. We accept people from all over the world, not only Israel. The Antalya people do not even speak up in the presence of tourists let alone spit on them." Stating Uzsinay’s comments were "very wrong," Yüksel added, "Antalya is the safest city in the world. Tourists say they prefer the city, as it is safe."

Recalling news reports of Israeli Elal Airways’s banning flights to Antalya that came out last week, Yüksel said the news was fictitious.

Elal Airways stopped Antalya flights in 2006, Yüksel said, adding the reason for this was competition, not the Davos incident.

"Onur Air, SunExpress, Sky Air and Sundor Airlines started flights between Tel Aviv and Antalya in 2006. Our airway companies carried passengers for 100 Turkish (liras) while ticket prices went up to 300 liras on Elal Airways," he said.

"Falling behind the competition, that is when Elal Airways stopped flights to Antalya," he added.