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Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor. Hürriyet photo

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor. Hürriyet photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

An Israeli spokesperson stressed that the Washington Post story claiming that there were intense “spy wars” between Turkey and Israel was not serving any Israeli purpose, denying that David Ignatius’ source was Israeli officials. 

“Ignatius does not have sources in Israel to [be able to] publish such a story. From an observer’s perspective, the [information was not leaked] from here,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor, at a Tuesday press briefing to visiting Turkish journalists.  Palmor neither denied nor confirmed the report that Turkish intelligence had disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to 10 Iranians who had been meeting in Turkey with their Mossad case officers. “I do not know what operation Mossad is carrying out,” he said, adding, “[There has not been] any denial from Turkey regarding the [classified document].”  

“It does not serve any Israeli purpose,” Palmor said, emphasizing that the objective could make things more difficult between Turkey and Israel, whose relations have been frozen since the 2010 Mavi Marmara crisis.  

“It mainly sends the message that rapprochement is not possible or not in the interest of Turkey and Israel. This would be the intention,” the spokesperson said.

When asked whether Israel was uncomfortable with Turkish spy chief Hakan Fidan, Palmor only said: “This is foreign ministry. We don't deal with intelligence. We don't have an opinion on Turkish intelligence.”

With regard to the Mavi Marmara raid compensation talks, Palmor said the process was going very slowly, adding that the Turkish side was “not interested in advancing quickly.”

“It was apparent in the negotiations that the Turkish side doesn’t seem to be interested in reaching a conclusion. After hearing statements that the purpose is not to reach a final bottom line, but to send a message through this, Turkey has managed to extract some admission of guilt from Israel,” he said.


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10/23/2013 11:45:51 PM

@ilker avni. It would appear you are changing the subject on me. I was tempted and subsequently responded to your outre comment regarding the "med skies." Regards

john albay

10/23/2013 8:01:23 PM

I dont believe one word of the evil zionist/israeli goverment! They just want to stir up trouble! Please dont forget this is the same israeli goverment that sent out murder squads to kill people in other countries using other peoples passports,and bibi was even called a lier by Obama ( the pot calling the kettle black!).

Ken Alden

10/23/2013 6:23:43 PM

Dear Asley, This whole affair looks like the Turkish P/M Erdogan fell victim to Bibi's famous "Goalpost Mooving" routine, that was so eloguntly praised and lauded by President Bill Clinton in his Wye River recollections, you remember? Yours truly, Ken.

ilker avni

10/23/2013 6:15:45 PM

@Thessalonian So thessalonian you would welcome with open arms killers of nine of your citizens,let mossad agents conduct they bussiness in athens airport,I thought greeks knew about honour,or are you a exception.?

Ashley Meyer

10/23/2013 1:23:28 PM

Israel truly does need to distance itself from Turkey. No more to be said. Too much has been said already and Turkey under Erdogan needs to find a different outlet for their aggressive hatred - which he cunningly parcels up in wrapper of high moral standing. The problem for Erdogan however is that although much of mankind are blind sheep, enough aren't and not only will he land up in the garbage can of history but he is also the laughing stock of the world.


10/23/2013 6:06:43 AM

Correction. As long as Bibi is there, the man whom Obama called a liar and other leaders agreed with, the man who pinned medals on killers of Turkish citizens, there is little of hope any Turkish leader, Erdogan or not, extending a hand to the Jewish state. You do not sweep murder under a rug.

Kent Sezen

10/23/2013 2:31:47 AM

I am an born American, but my father came from Turkey. I have grown disapointed in the Turks and the Turkish news; very slanted. The Mavi Marmara incident is 100% Turkey's fault. I watched the videos. I read news about it from Turkey, Israel and America. If I was in the IDF, I too would shoot terrorists Turks that were trying to kill and/or harm the IDF men boarding the boat. Israel had a right to stop and inspect the boat; this was proven fact by a commission afterwards.


10/23/2013 2:18:29 AM

@ilker avni. Currently on this planet, the "med skies" are shared by a number of nations. The latter includes Israel as well as Turkey. What planet are you on? Regards

david ellison

10/23/2013 1:06:30 AM

Time for the West and Israel to distance themselves from this Government. It's a total waste of time. Erdogan has no plans to improve relations and is following the path of radical islam. The large number of young Turkish people are seeking a way out and seeking homes and schools in Europe and the US. Who can blame them??

Gabriel Ali Baba

10/22/2013 7:48:32 PM

I am not a Lieberman fan but there is one thing I do agree, whatever Israel will do, cannot change the relationship with Turkey as long as Erdogan and Davatoglu lead Turkey. Therefore Israel's apologize was a big mistake it just massaged Erdogan's ego. Unfortunately with this leadership Turkey's place is not in Europe, Nato or in general the Western Democracies. Hopefully things will change.
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