Turkey Demands Apology Again, Israel: It's Not Going to Happen
Turkey continues to demand an apology for the clash aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine Turkish citizens were killed after attacking IDF soldiers. On Monday, Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying that Turkey will cut ties with Israel if Israel does not apologize for the incident.
Turkey has demanded that Israel offer an official apology, agree to the establishment of an international committee of inquiry, and compensate the families of those killed in the clash. In exchange, Turkish officials said, Turkey would return its ambassador to Israel, after recalling him following the clash.
Turkey's hopes for an apology will go unanswered, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “We have no intention of apologizing. In fact, we think it should be the other way around,” he declared Monday.
An anonymous senior Israeli official made similar remarks to CNN. “Israel will never apologize for defending its citizens,” the official said. “Of course we regret the loss of life, but it was not the Israeli side that initiated the violence.”
A source quoted by Channel 10 news suggested that Turkey was hoping to break ties with Israel. “Someone who uses the language of ultimatums and threats isn't seeking concession to his demands, but rather, an excuse to carry out his threats,” he said.
If Turkey does cut ties with Israel “it will boomerang back on Turkey's ties with the West,” he warned.