Lieberman: We should have refused Turkey apology earlier

August 17, 2011 20:45


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday said he regrets that Israel didn't decide against apologizing to Turkey earlier. The statement followed reports earlier Wednesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected calls from the United States to do so.

Referencing Turkey's demand that Israel apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals last year aboard the Mavi Marmara, Lieberman told Channel 2, "I'm sorry that the decision wasn't taken earlier."

"It made us look indecisive and it also gave false hope to some of our friends," he explained.

Asked what would happen next in the Marmara affair, Lieberman said, "I think now the Palmer report will be published."

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