Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Tuesday, that "The flotilla episode and relations with Turkey are not legal matters but political matters of the most important variety and deciding about an apology must be political and strategic." Ayalon was responding to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's comments, on Monday, that his office is examing the possibility of apologizing for the death of nine Turkish activists among those who attacked Israeli commandos who intercepted the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in 2010, when it tried to break the naval blockade of Gaza.
The deputy foreign minister continued, "Israel is ready for a logical and reasonable compromise." Emphasizing the need for both sides to compromise, he concluded, "We will accept a compromise, but we will not accept an agreement of submission." Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoנan has insisted that Israel apologize for the incident and has threatened to downgrade Turkey's diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.