Olmert slams Netanyahu for 'Marmara' reconciliation talks

December 9, 2010 18:15

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for his reported willingness to pay reparations to Turkish families whose sons were killed in the May 31 raid of the Gaza-bound flotilla ship the Mavi Marmara, Army Radio reported.

"When we justly said that no one would break the blockade of Gaza and no one would attempt to bring ships into a place that could possibly endanger the security of Israel - we prevented this and we felt very strongly about our decisions. Today, we're thinking about reparations and on how to apologize," Olmert said at an economics conference in Tel Aviv.Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said on Thursday that Israel should not apologize to Turkey for the deaths of the activists aboard the Mavi Marmara.

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