Turkey Gives Israel 24 Hours to Apologize
urkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu gave the Jewish state 24 hours Thursday to apologize for the killing of Turkish activists who attacked its soldiers on the Mavi Marmara last year. Otherwise, he warned, his country would take diplomatic steps against Israel.
Davutoğlu insisted that the apology must be given before the publication Friday of the UN-sponsored Palmer report on the Mava Marmara incident.
Turkish newspaper Today Zaman quoted sources close to the Foreign Minister who said that he would be returning to Ankara Friday from a summit in Paris, and begin discussions ahead of the publication of the Palmer report, which is due Friday evening.
The diplomat claimed that Israel had informed Turkey that it would agree to apologize but "when it reached the final stage, Israel always took a step back at the last minute because of the coalition."
Davutoğlu admitted that the report will contain some conclusions that Turkey will reject.