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Israel will apologize from Turkey if US to do
so for raids in Pakistan, says Lieberman. AP photo

Israel will apologize from Turkey if US to do so for raids in Pakistan, says Lieberman. AP photo

Israel does not have to apologize for the killing of nine Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 unless the United States apologizes for the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a drone strike last November, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said during a recent speech.

 “The Pakistanis asked the U.S. to apologize, and the Americans said, ‘No way.’ So when [the U.S.] comes to us and pressures us to apologize over the Mavi Marmara, because of this or that constraint, sometimes even to best friends you must say, ‘No,’” Lieberman was quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post. “Otherwise, no one will respect you,” he added.

 The Israeli minister said his country’s stance on the Mavi Marmara had not changed and defined the Israeli use of force as “a legitimate right for self-defense.” “We were right,” Lieberman said.

“And you don’t apologize over something right, regardless of the pressure.” A NATO cross-border air raid killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on Nov. 26, 2011 and strained the ties between two countries. Pakistan demanded a formal apology for the killings and responded by ordering U.S. forces out of a Pakistani airbase and shutting down NATO supply lines to landlocked Afghanistan.

However, a U.S. investigation found that U.S. forces, given what information they had available to them at the time, acted in self defense and with appropriate force after being fired upon.

Turkish court formally pressed charges against members of Israel’s military last month for the killing of nine people aboard the Mavi Marmara. The first hearing of the trial will be held on November 6. Prosecutors are demanding multiple life sentences for the four, who include Israel’s former Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.

Ankara demanded a formal apology from Israel for the killings and that Israel lifted the Gaza blockade. The raid also triggered a crisis between Israel and Turkey and resulted in a dramatic downgrade in diplomatic relations and the expelling of the Israeli ambassador from Turkey.

June/06/2012

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Turk down under

6/7/2012 3:34:19 PM

Eric Martin: Israeli's are not obnoxious people. Avigdor Lieberman is obnoxious!

Eric Martin

6/6/2012 11:34:08 PM

Israeli's are obnoxious people. The best justice is for Turkey to quit buying American weapons. Turkey should quit trying to buy Predator drones and work on the Anka 24 hours and 7 days a week to upgrade it and make it ready. We should build all our own weapons. If you really want to get even then do what Russia does and send advanced antitank rockets to the Palestinians.

David Cuthell

6/6/2012 3:11:46 PM

Why does anyone pay attention to this man? He is the best argument against coalition politics. He should come with a mute button.

mevlut erdem

6/6/2012 2:13:35 PM

Lets hope the Israeli people vote him off,he will only bring Israel down. Maybe he knows this will be his last term in the gouvernment ofIsrael.

ilker avni

6/6/2012 7:00:43 AM

They is a difference between both incidents,one was a accident and the other was murder of unarmed peace activists on the high seas,Mr Lieberman is disliked the most he has NO diplomatic or statesman like qualities,Israeli diplomats dont like him according to the Haarezt and see him as a embrassment to israel..

VMT Ankara

6/6/2012 4:42:21 AM

Why should the Zionist Israelis have to apologize for murdering nine Turks onboard the Mavi Marmara? Afterall, did John Gotti or Al Capone ever have to apoligize for all the murders they committed. The Zionist murder Palestinian men, women and children almost on a daily basis. They steal Palestiian land, water and uproot their fruit trees and crops with total impunity from the International community. Americans also murder thousands with their drone strikes. Together to make up Murder Inc.

mr who

6/6/2012 4:23:03 AM

Jews in turkey have had a beautiful existence compared to the untold violence Avigdor Lieberman descendants experienced in Moldova in ten decades of mass deportations murder untold violence he should kiss the Turkish peoples hand.

Murat

6/6/2012 2:13:17 AM

Justice demanded and needed, not apologies.
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