Turkish-Israeli relations won't normalize without Israeli apology: PM

13:17, July 09, 2011      

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that Turkish-Israeli relations would not normalize if Israel did not apologize.

Erdogan made the remarks while reading out the government program at the parliament, saying that nobody could think of any normalization in the Turkish-Israeli relations unless Israel made an official apology, paid compensation to relatives of those who lost their lives in last year's Gaza-bound flotilla attack, and lifted the embargo on Gaza.

Erdogan said the Turkish government would continue to follow the developments regarding the Israeli attack on the flotilla.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reiterated Wednesday his position against extending Turkey an official apology for the naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that resulted in the death of nine Turks in May 2010.

Lieberman said at the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that while Israel was preparing to make a compromise that would mend the diplomatic fallout with Turkey, it could not agree to accept "humiliation."

"We are all for ending the friction with Turkey, but we are not willing to accept dictates. An apology is not a compromise. It is a humiliation and an abandonment of Israeli soldiers," Lieberman said.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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