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Expert: Avoid Military Clash with Turkey


Middle East expert Moshe Sharon said, Friday, that Israel has reached a dangerous situation, vis-a-vis Turkey. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, the Hebrew University professor said the threat was not to Israel's existence but noted that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to get close to the Arab world, adding, "If he sends a flotilla to Gaza, protected by the Turkish fleet, as he has threatened, this is already a very dangerous and tense situation. We don't need a war with Turkey right now."

While advising that the government not to give in to Turkish demands in even a symbolic way, Professor Sharon said Israel should use every diplomatic way to avoid a military confrontation, including getting the United States to keep the crises from getting worse. He said Erdogan controls the Turkish military, which was one body that could have stopped his adamant behavior toward Israel. Erdogan has demanded that Israel apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens who were killed after they attacked Israeli commandos who boarded the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara when it tried to break the Gaza naval blockade in 2010. He also demanded compensation for the families of the activists and an end to the blockade.