Recep Tayyip Erdogan 311.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Turkey’s grievances with Israel concern its government and not its people,
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.
expect Turkey to be silent in the face of Israel’s “state terrorism” and
“piracy,” Erdogan said, his nation will not stay silent.
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“We will seek
solutions in the framework of international law,” Erdogan was quoted as saying
by the Anatolia news agency.
On Thursday, Israeli diplomatic officials
said Ankara was considering a number of steps to express its anger over the Gaza
flotilla episode, including significantly downgrading diplomatic ties. However,
Jerusalem has not been informed of any concrete moves.
The comments came
amid reports that Turkey was considering not returning its ambassador to
and reviewing military, economic, cultural and academic cooperation if
did not apologize for the flotilla raid, return the seized ship, agree
international investigation and offer compensation both to the families
nine people killed and to the injured.
Turkey recalled its ambassador
soon after the incident. Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, however, is
Ankara and diplomatic channels of communication between the two
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said unequivocally on
Sunday that Israel had no intention of apologizing, and one diplomatic
said Thursday that there were voices inside the government saying that
should Israel not apologize, it should demand a Turkish apology for
the dispatch of a ship with terrorist supporters who beat Israeli
trying to protect its territorial sovereignty.Herb Keinon contributed to
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