Ex navy chief skeptical over Israel's apology to Turkey

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March 24, 2013 20:04

Former Navy chief Maj.-Gen. Eliezer Marom on Sunday expressed skepticism that Israel's apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara would result in improved relations, and called for full backing to be provided to Navy commandos.

Speaking to Army Radio on Sunday, Marom said that the prime minister "sees the full picture.. [but] I have doubts about the timing and motivation of this apology."

He described the Navy's interception of the Turkish flotilla in 2010 as an important contribution to Israeli security, and part of a wider policy "which prevented the setting up of an Iranian port in Gaza,"

"I'm not sure that the apology will be worthwhile for Israel... I don't think that tomorrow morning relations between us and Turkey will go back to what they were," he added.


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