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The Prime Minister’s Office opted Sunday night not to respond to a Channel 2
report saying Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked the US to persuade UN
Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon to delay publication of the Palmer Commission
report on the Mavi Marmara incident by six months, because by then he might be
stronger politically and able to apologize to the Turks for the
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The report – which was originally to have been released in May
– was to have been issued last week, but was delayed again at Turkey’s request,
and Israel’s agreement, to give both sides more time to come up with a formula
that would repair ties that have deteriorated badly since the raid in
But now, according to the Channel 2 report, Netanyahu wants even
more time, saying that both because of the restraint he showed last week in
response to the terrorist attack near Eilat and the continuing missiles from
Gaza, and the continuous cost of living protests, he was not in a strong enough
position politically to issue any type of apology.
But, according to this
report, he said this could change in six months time.
Minister Ehud Barak has come out in favor of doing what it takes to mend fences
with Turkey, both Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman are adamantly opposed.
The US, meanwhile, is believed
to be pressing both Israel and Turkey to reach an accommodation, seeing good
Israeli-Turkish relations as an American interest in the region.
Palmer Commission completed its work a number of months ago, and the
commission’s findings have been widely leaked and are believed to include
upholding Israel’s legal right to maintain a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip,
and its right to stop ships from breaking the blockade, along with criticism of
the IDF for an “excessive” use of force in stopping the Mavi Marmara
operation in which nine Turks who attacked IDF commandos who boarded the ship