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        8/7/2011, Av 7, 5771

      Decision on Turkey's Demands May be Made Sunday

      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to meet with his inner security cabinet Sunday afternoon to discuss Turkey's demand that Israel apologize for the Marmara incident in last year's Gaza flotilla. The discussion is being held in light of the imminent release of the UN-sponsored Palmer report on the flotilla. Sources have said that the report is very critical of Israel's actions in the death of 9 Turkish activists, sympathetic to Hamas, who attacked IDF troops and nearly lynched them when they boarded the Marmara.

      Several ideas have been presented on ways for Israel to placate Turkey without admitting responsibility for the activists' deaths, which could open Israel up to legal action in international courts. A decision on how to proceed is likely to be reached today, officials said.