Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan turned down previous attempts at reconciliation with Israel due to a failure by the Israeli government to meet his pre-conditions, Turkish news outlet Hurriyet reported.
Erdogan told Hurriyet that one condition was the use of the word, "apology." He said. "They wanted to express sorrow, but we said no. We wanted the word apology,” Hurriyet quoted him as saying.
Israeli officials reportedly agreed to financially compensate Mavi Marmara victims’ families in light of the 2010 flotilla incident, but Erdogan insisted that a reconciliation would also require an apology and an end to the Gaza embargo, according to Hurriyet.
“We will monitor the situation to see if the promises are kept or not,” Erdogan told Hurryet.