Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to offer condolences for those killed in a devastating earthquake and said the Jewish state was ready to help, officials of both countries said.
Rescuers clawed through rubble on Monday to free people trapped by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 264 people and wounded more than 1,000 in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.
Turkey has rejected all international aid, including an Israeli offer, in the wake of a strong earthquake that collapsed buildings and left hundreds dead.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered "any assistance" and stated that the "citizens of Israel stand beside you at this difficult time" in a letter to his Japanese counterpart, Naoto Kan.
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan, the organized Jewish world is lining up support for the rescue and relief effort in the region.
Jewish organizations are mobilizing their responses to the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday.