Apologising to Turks for raid poses legal risk says Israel 10Dec10 December 11, 2010

Palestine Note -  10 December 2010

Israel should not apologise to Turkey for killing nine of its citizens aboard an aid ship that tried to breach the Gaza blockade, as this would invite international lawsuits, an Israeli official said on Friday.

Speaking after the former allies sent envoys to discuss rapprochement, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon reiterated Israel’s stance that its marines acted in self-defence while storming the Mavi Marmara in May. He placed the onus on Ankara.

“It is important we reach a solution, but the solution certainly depends on the good intentions, if there are such, on the Turkish side,” Ayalon told Israel Radio.

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