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Close to a third of all Turks believe it would be insufficient for Israel to
apologize and pay compensation for the Mavi Marmara incident in order to repair
ties between the two countries, according to a recent poll.
Just over a
third, or 35 percent of those polled thought an apology and compensation would
be enough, but fully 29% thought Israel should also lift the siege on Gaza. In
addition, 12% thought that relations with Israel should not be repaired at
The results of the poll, conducted between March 1 and April 9,
indicate that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has strong support for his
tough bargaining position with Israel.
A Turkish think tank based in
Istanbul, the Center for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies, was responsible
for the poll of 1,504 people, 18 years old and over.
The results found
that only 7% thought that relations could be improved without any concessions by
Israel; 17% of the respondents had no opinion.
One of the interesting
results was that support for lifting the blockade on Gaza was lower than support
for Israel paying compensation and apologizing, demonstrating that the Turkish
public may not be completely behind Erdogan in his strong support for the Hamas
regime in Gaza.
In addition, 101 foreign policy experts were asked the
same questions and were found to be more willing to reconcile with Israel than
More than a third of the experts thought that relations
should be repaired without any Israeli concessions, compared to 7% of the
Of the experts, 57% thought Israel should apologize and pay
compensation in order to repair relations, and only 6% thought the condition of
lifting the blockade on Gaza should be included as well.
Meanwhile, a new
round of talks between Turkish and Israeli negotiators is scheduled for next
week in Israel.