Recep Tayyip Erdogan 311.
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Israel must apologize for its treatment of the Gaza Strip before it can continue peace talks with Syria, Turkish Prime Minister Recept Tayyip Erdogan said Monday night, in a television interview with Charlie Rose. RELATED:Erdogan
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Without apologizing for the Gaza blockade, Turkey will not continue to play a mediator role in the indirect talks, Erdogan threatened.
Moving on to speak of last
month's IDF interception of a
Gaza-bound aid flotilla
, Erdogan told the US talkshow host that
Israel had attacked "from the sea and from the air and there were
plastic bullets used, guns used. Nine people died, eight Turkish, one a
US citizen, the American citizen Furkan Dogan."
He called on the
US to "take ownership of the situation" because a US citizen was
On the Middle East peace process, Erdogan accused Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government of being "the biggest barrier
"Israel hasn’t really accepted a two-state solution,"
the Turkish prime minister claimed.