(photo credit: IDF)
UNITED NATIONS - Turkey said on Friday it will seek to prosecute all
Israelis responsible for crimes committed during an Israeli raid on a
ship bound for the Gaza Strip that killed nine Turks in May 2010.
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will take legal actions against the Israeli soldiers and all other
officials responsible for the crimes committed and pursue the matter
resolutely," Turkey's embassy in Washington said in a statement.
The threat follows a UN report
that confirmed the legality of Israel's naval blockade of Gaza but said
Israel had used unreasonable force in the raid. Both Turkey and Israel
disputed some of the conclusions of the so-called Palmer Report.
names of the Israeli marines involved in the raid have not been
released, so only ranking commanders overseeing the operation could be
identified if Turkey follows through with the legal action.
The full text of the UN report, which was leaked on Thursday, was
formally handed to the office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and published on Friday , a UN spokesman said.
The United Nations issued a brief statement that said Ban thanked the panel for the report. It made no reference to the contents or the current frosty state of Israeli-Turkish ties.
Turkey's expulsion of Israeli diplomats
and determination to pursue legal action suggested that the Palmer
Report has only deepened the divide between Ankara and its one-time
"Turkey challenges certain conclusions of the Palmer Report, which we
believe will not serve the goal of stability and peace, particularly in
our region," Turkey's embassy said.
"Turkey also reaffirms that relations between Turkey and Israel will not
normalize as long as Israel does not apologize and refuses to pay
compensation for what it has done."
The statement reiterated Ankara's view that the Israeli blockade of Gaza was illegal.
Israel rejects the conclusion that the Israeli military used excessive force during the raid on the Mavi Marmara
, the largest in a flotilla of six ships that the crew said were delivering aid to Palestinians in Gaza.
The report's release had been delayed repeatedly to allow for ultimately
fruitless rapprochement talks between Israel and Turkey, whose
relations were chilled by the incident on May 31 last year.
The report was originally expected to be completed in February. But
Turkey and Israel were never able to agree on what happened and what the
conclusions of the report should be, diplomats and UN officials said.
As a result, one UN official said, the report is not a "consensus