Turkey Airspace 311.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is giving Israel absolutely
motivation to do anything to try and improve relations with Ankara
because of a
sense in Jerusalem that no matter what it does, Erdogan will look for
reason to lambast Israel, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
came after Erdogan told reporters in Toronto, where he was taking part
G-20 meeting, that Turkey imposed a ban on Israeli flights following the
raid on the Turkish ship trying to break the Gaza blockade.
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not elaborate on the ban, but later Turkish officials were quoted as saying the
ban was for military flights, not commercial ones.
The official said that
this was not a blanket ban, and that each request would be assessed on a
Israeli officials said a ban on civilian flights
tantamount to a declaration of war, and did not seem to be what Erdogan
The officials added that Israel, which a few years ago
conducted IAF training in Turkish skies, stopped that practice two or
years ago when relations with Ankara began to erode. The officials said
number of military flights over Turkey now is very limited.
press reports, Turkey recently prevented an IDF cargo plane carrying 100
officers to a ceremony in Auschwitz from entering its airspace.
has said that Turkish- Israeli ties would not return to normal until
apologized for the raid on the Gaza flotilla, paid compensation to those
and wounded in the operation, and agreed to the establishment of an
Israel has made clear, the officials
that it had no intention of doing any of the above, and also feels that
the differences over the flotilla could be paved over, Erdogan would
other issues to latch onto in order to bash Israel, since he has
a strategic decision to shift his country’s foreign policy orientation
away from Israel and the West.
No comment could be obtained on
from the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv.