Foreign Minsiter Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Uriel Sinai)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday said that Israel is not
interested in a conflict with Turkey, but is also not ready "to wave a
white flag" before Ankara.
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Speaking in an interview with Channel
2, Lieberman said that Israel's actions have been and will continue to
be guided by international law. The foreign minister added that the
Palmer Commission report on the raid of the Mavi Marmara clearly stated
that Israel's actions and the blockade of Gaza were legal.
stated that he hoped normalization with Turkey could be regained and
that he hopes Turkey will also see such a normalization as being in
Ankara's best interest.
The foreign minister confirmed that he would be traveling to New York to
attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month.
Lieberman deflected questions about a Friday Yediot Aharonot
he is planning a series of retribution measures against Turkey.
According to the report, the measures would include a travel advisory
warning Israelis, especially those who served in the IDF, against visits
to Turkey; strengthening of Kurdish rebels fighting Turkey, including
the supply of arms; cooperation with the Armenians, Turkey's historical
rivals; and diplomatic warfare against Turkey in the international
Following the Yediot Aharonot
report, the Prime Minister's Office on Friday
put out a statement saying that Israeli policy is now and always was to
prevent a deterioration in ties with Turkey and calm down the tensions
between the two countries.
"The prime minister and the government have discussed what to do in the
event of an escalation, however a decision will be made only in the
event that it is necessary," the statement said. "Israel acted and is
acting responsibly and hopes that Turkey will do the same," the
statement continued.Herb Keinon and Reuters contributed to this report