Erdogan says Israel ties may never rebound 26Sep11 September 26, 2011

Press TV  -  25 September 2011
Amid rising tensions between Ankara and Tele Aviv, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that relations with Israel may “never return to normal again.”

Tensions have persistently escalated between the two sides after the Israeli regime refused to apologize for its 2010 military attack on a group of pro-Palestinian activists aboard a convoy of Gaza-bound ships in international waters carrying relief aid supplies for the impoverished territory, killing nine Turkish nationals and injuring dozens more.

In an interview with CNN that is due to be aired on Sunday, the Turkish premier once again reiterated Ankara’s demands for an Israeli apology and the payment of compensations to families of the victims of last year’s raid.

“If these demands are not met, the relations between Turkey and Israel will never become normal again,” said Erdogan.

In an interview earlier this week, the Turkish prime minister said his country is prepared to engage in a confrontation with Israel in the case it becomes necessary.

The 2010 Israeli attack was waged against the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in international waters. The relief aid convoy was on a mission to break Tel Aviv’s brutal siege of the Gaza Strip, depriving the entire population of the territory of basic living needs.

Israel’s refusal to apologize for the bloodshed prompted Ankara to expel the Israeli ambassador and sever all bilateral military ties with Tel Aviv.

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