Turkey's reaction to Israel raid not strong enough, says survey

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Turkey's reaction to an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed nine Turks on Monday is not strong enough, according to a survey released here Friday.

Turkey decided to recall its ambassador to Israel after the raid, with President Abdullah Gul saying that ties between Turkey and Israel "will never be the same again." On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arnic said that Ankara will reduce economic and defense ties with Israel "to the minimum level."

However, a survey by the MetroPOLL Research Company covering 1, 000 people showed that 60 percent of respondents believed that Turkey should have shown a stronger reaction to Israel, whereas 33 percent said the reaction was right on point.

Around 45 percent of respondents said the real reason behind the Israeli attack on Freedom Flotilla was to place Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a difficult situation in the domestic and global arena.

However, 33 percent of respondents said Israel's aim was to prevent the breaking of its blockade on Gaza.

The survey was conducted in 31 different provinces across Turkey on Thursday.

Israeli navy commandos early Monday morning raided the international aid flotilla and clashed with activists on one of the ships. Nine Turkish activists, including one with U.S. nationality, were killed and dozens were injured in the incident.

Source: Xinhua


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