The declaration by a “victim” of the Mavi Marmara
that he will donate Israeli
compensation money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad just shows the world what type of
people were on the ship, a government official said Wednesday.
official was responding to a report in the Hurriyet Daily News that one of the
“victims” of the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara
, “activist” Mehmet Tunc, said
he would not touch even “one Turkish Lira” of the money and instead donate it to
the two terror organizations.
“This just shows to all those who thought
the people on the ship were peace and human rights activists that they were
hard-core Islamists supportive of Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” he
Another government official said that according to the framework of
the compensation agreement that was discussed over the last two years with the
Turks, Israeli compensation payments will not be paid directly to the families
of the nine Turks killed on the ship that tried to break the blockade of Gaza,
but rather to a fund set up by the Turkish government.
“We are not paying
the compensation to anyone directly,” he said.
National Security Council
head Yaakov Amidror and Joseph Ciechanover, Israel’s representative to the UN
Palmer Commission which investigated the Mavi Marmara
incident, are scheduled to
travel to Turkey next Thursday to begin discussions on the amount of
compensation to be paid.
The Turkish team will be led by Deputy Prime
Minister Bulent Arinc and undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Feridun
Sinirlioglu, a former ambassador to Israel.
Turkish Foreign Minister
Ahmet Davutoglu and Arınc met Tuesday night with the families of those killed on
the ship. The Hurriyet
reported that the purpose of the meeting was to convince
the families to withdraw legal proceedings they have started against IDF
According to the paper, once the issue of compensation is
settled, the two countries will begin the process of appointing ambassadors,
with the goal of exchanging ambassadors by the end of June.
diplomatic officials would not confirm the timeline, saying the appointment of a
new ambassador takes time, and that no internal Foreign Ministry tender has yet
been issued for the job of Israel’s next envoy to Ankara.