Tayyip Erdogan 311.
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Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey would implement further sanctions against Israel and said that "our ships will be seen more frequently in those waters," referring to the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Erdogan also told reporters that he may visit Gaza and would decide whether to do so after talks with Egypt. Erdogan is planning to visit Cairo later this month.
A senior Israeli official on Sunday warned that it would be a diplomatic
mistake for Erdogan to visit the
Channel 2 quoted the official as saying Erdogan would damage Turkey's relations
with the United States by visiting Gaza. He added that the move would also weaken Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, presumably because a trip to Hamas-controlled Gaza would challenge him as the legitimate representative of the Palestinians.
QNA quoted Turkish Deputy Premier Bulent Arinc as saying in a statement on Sunday that Erdogan was scheduled to meet with the head of Egypt's ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and other leading Egyptian politicians and intellectuals during the visit.
The announcement came as diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel were severely strained following the release of the Palmer Commission
report on the raid of the Mavi Marmara
and Israel's refusal to answer Ankara's insistence that it issue an apology for the incident.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced at a press conference
on Friday, that Ankara was expelling
Israel’s ambassador, and freezing all military agreements. He also said
Turkey would take measures for freedom of maritime movement in the
eastern Mediterranean Sea, no longer recognize the Gaza blockade, and
support “flotilla victims” who take the matter to court.
Herb Keinon contributed to this report.