The Israeli foreign ministry criticized Turkey on Tuesday for its trial of four top former Israeli commanders over the deaths of nine Turkish activists who attacked Israeli commandos who boarded the Turkish boat Mavi Marmara, as it attempted to break the Gaza naval blockade. Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told Agence France Presse, "This is not a trial but a show trial and has nothing to do with law and justice." He added, "The government of Turkey, if it really wanted to do something about this issue, would engage with Israel."
Former chief of staff Gaby Ashkenazi, former navy chief Eliezer Marom, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin and former air force intelligence chief Avishai Levy are being tried in absentia. Prosecutors are seeking life sentences. Palmor noted, "The so-called accused have not been notified or informed in any way that they are going to face charges or what the nature of the charges is. They haven't been given even a symbolic chance to have legal representation."