ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israel's operation in Gaza was blocking efforts to patch up relations undermined by by a 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on a Turkish ship that had been challenging its blockade of the Palestinian territory.

Close Turkish-Israeli relations, which also involved security cooperation and joint military exercises, had been an important part of the United States' regional policy.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

"We cannot normalize (relations). First, this cruelty must end," Erdogan said during a speech in the central Turkish city of Yozgat late on Thursday.

Think others should know about this? Please share