In response to Israel's refusal to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals on board the Mavi Marmara last year, Ankara told the United States that it would take further steps to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Israel and consider completely cutting its political and economic ties with Jerusalem, the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported on Sunday.
Another step being considered by Turkey in response to what it considers Israel's refusal to reach a compromise ahead of the release of the United Nations Palmer report on the Marmara incident is a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Gaza Strip, according to the Hurriyet. The Turkish newspaper suggested that such a visit would "complicate breaking Israel's blockade on the enclave."
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