FM urges European nations not to comply with Turkey

May 29, 2012 19:18
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman urged European nations not to cooperate with the Turkish government's "unfounded provocation," after a court in Turkey indicted four former Israeli military commanders over the deaths of nine Turkish activists during the IDF raid on the Mavi Marmara.

"Israel is acting with the maximum restraint towards Turkey's defiant actions as of late," Liberman said during a meeting with German President Joachim Grauk, who is visiting Israel.

"We will not allow [Turkey] to intimidate officers and soldiers that are operating under the highest ethical standards and international law," he declared.

Turkey is demanding nine life sentences for four senior IDF officers, including the former chief of staff, over the deaths of nine Turkish activists in 2010 aboard a Turkish ship en route to Gaza, in an event that has strained Turkish-Israeli relations ever since.

The Foreign Ministry is looking into the ramifications of the Turkish ruling, including the likelihood that the indicted officers could face arrest should they enter a country with an extradition agreement with Turkey.

Israel refuses to apologize for the incident.

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