Erdogan phones Mishaal over Israeli apology 24Mar13 March 24, 2013

Palestinian Information Centre    -    23 March 2013

images_News_2013_03_23_erdogan_300_0(PIC)– Political bureau chairman of Hamas Khaled Mishaal received a phone call from Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan informing him of Israel’s apology over its bloody raid on Mavi Marmara aid ship.

A statement by Hamas on Friday quoted Erdogan as telling Mishaal that Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu offered an apology for the attack, which killed nine Turkish nationals, and pledged to meet other Turkish demands such as compensations for the families of the dead and lifting the siege on the Palestinian people.

The statement congratulated the Turkish people and leadership over such a victory and big accomplishment represented in forcing Israel to apologize and submit to demands, noting that it was a rare instance.

The success of Turkey in forcing Israel to apologize proved anew that Israel only submits to the language of force, steadfastness and insistence on legitimate rights, the statement concluded.

Netanyahu had reached Erdogan over the phone on Friday and talked with him for half an hour in the presence of American president Barack Obama, who had intervened to broker the deal.

In an official statement, Netanyahu’s office said: “In light of Israel’s investigation into the incident which pointed to a number of operational mistakes, the prime minister expressed Israel’s apology to the Turkish people for any mistakes that might have led to the loss of life or injury.”

The deal included restoration of diplomatic ties and cancellation of legal measures against Israeli soldiers who took part in the deadly raid.

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