Abdullah Gul: Israel must apologize, compensate to save ties

June 12, 2010 17:37

Unless Israel acts to make amends for the fatal raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla Turkey may sever bilateral relations, Turkish President Abdullah Gul threatened in an interview with French daily Le Monde published Friday.

Israel needs to apologize and compensate the casualties, preferably also launching a thorough investigation into the operation and removing the blockade from Gaza, Gul said, saying otherwise Turkey could not “forgive or forget” the incident.

Asked if Turkey might break relations with Israel if it did nothing, Gul said: "Anything is possible."

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