It is in the interest of both Israel and Turkey to restore the relations that existed between the two countries prior to diplomatic breakdown over the past two years, Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor told Israel Radio on Friday.
The breakdown, he said, involved not only the flotilla last year but also the behavior of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan towards President Shimon Peres at the Davos Conference, among other incidents. The flotilla, however, led the Turkish government to demand an apology over the deaths of nine of its citizens, which Israel has thus far refused to issue.
"There was no desire by Israel to kill Turkish citizens" on the flotilla, Meridor said. "We said from the start that we regretted what happened, that's not something new."