Lieberman: Erdogan wants end to blockade, not just apology

August 11, 2011 11:39


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday said he firmly opposes apologizing to Turkey over last year's Mavi Marmara incident, saying that Israel must remain tough.

"In the Middle East, you can't be weak," Lieberman said in an interview with Israel Radio. He added that reconciliation with Turkey was not dependent only on an apology, saying that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan is also demanding that Israel lift its naval blockade on the Gaza Strip.

Addressing the social protests taking place in Israel for the past month, the foreign minister said that there are real problems that need to address but harshly criticized the media's coverage of the protests, saying it was acting like Stalinists, spreading lies about those who don't support the protests.

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