Deputy PM: 'Inconceivable' that Israel apologize to Turkey

December 8, 2010 15:49


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Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said that it is inconceivable that Israel apologize to Turkey for the Gaza flotilla incident, and warned that such a move could encourage other countries to act like Ankara.

In an interview with Israel Radio, Shalom said that the Turkish ship 'Mavi Marmara' came to Gaza in an act intended to provoke Israel so it would be seen in an absurd light, and therefore, if an apology is required, it should come from Ankara.

Regarding the issue of compensation to Turkey, Shalom said they need to be considered by both sides, since the flotilla incident also harmed Israelis.

The deputy prime minister noted that Israel's relations with Turkey are important, and that dialogue is always a positive thing.

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