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Pinhas Avivi, Hürriyet photo

Pinhas Avivi, Hürriyet photo

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has immediately replied to Israel.

"There is no change in Turkey's stance towards Israel. Israeli authorities have to take the expected steps to normalize relations instead of giving messages through the press," said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Selçuk Ünal.

Israeli Foreign Ministry adviser Pinhas Avivi has proposed a peace deal to Turkey, saying the two countries have to negotiate in order to mutually solve their issues, daily Hürriyet has reported.

Underlining the negative effects the ongoing events in Syria had on both Turkey and Israel, Avivi said the two countries should put aside their bilateral problems to focus on the Syrian issue, during a press conference earlier today in Jerusalem.

"We have to overcome our issues and focus on the future. We have both made some mistakes, but the escalated crisis between Israel and Turkey was artificial. We can sit around the table and solve our problems," he said.

Avivi said he believed that if Turkey continued its relations with Israel by putting the Gaza issue aside there would be nothing the two countries could not solve.

He added that Israel was ready to negotiate over the Mavi Marmara issue without any preconditions, and also gave signs of accepting Turkey's apology precondition. The Mavi Marmara is the Turkish aid ship that was boarded by Israeli commandos while attempting to break the blockade on Gaza. Nine activists were killed during the raid, including eight Turkish nationals.

Pinhas Avivi is the former Israeli ambassador to Ankara.

October/22/2012

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Agnes Smith

11/19/2012 1:02:00 AM

where are you on this Mara? And blue you are so right!!!

A Shmolik

10/28/2012 8:38:59 AM

The posting by Abubakir Nur, should be MUST in EVERY SCHOOL on all levels of Social Studies Education in the World., as prime Example of Human Rights Abuses and Gross Violation, the Mass Dettention Centers of Israel should also be included!

abubakir nur

10/27/2012 9:28:49 PM

Decades of dehumanisation, systematic demolishing of homes,eradication of farmlands and olive groves,targeted murders,deprivation of medical , educational facilities, prevention of Salaat in musjidul AQSA living conditions like ghettos, the list goes on and on and on! And you want to NORMALISE relations! History has attested to their deceit. NO SIR first you remove blockade and all your Murderous persecutions of a dignified people, Accountibility is required and justice must seen to be done!

A Shmolik

10/27/2012 9:02:59 AM

Thessalonian, what a pity that you waste so many words to say the obvious! An plain "I hate Turks" Repeated untill you turn blue in the face would have served the same purpose, whitout putting everyone to sleep.

A Shmolik

10/22/2012 11:40:52 PM

In a Nutshell, the short Turkish is correct and tells it all. What this news article shows is that Mr. Pincus Avnilikes to lecture and conduct Diplomacy with Smoke and Mirrors, now you see itm now you don't

Don Huntington

10/22/2012 11:32:51 PM

In this case, Turkey is the loser. The fact that "our stance has not changed" will have no effect on Israel but Turkey potentially loses a ally who 'has their back' without sticking a knife into it.

ivan mezei

10/22/2012 10:28:42 PM

Whats an apology without mutual respect. Syria actually apologized for shelling Turkey, yet it continues to do so.An apology is appropriate if there is going to be normalization of cooperation and common understanding.There isnt and there wont be with Erdogan at the helm.What matters is the tremendous prestiger and browny points in the international and arab world Erdogan would get if they get that apology.That dont come cheap. You pay you play.

Sami Soulima

10/22/2012 10:22:56 PM

Turkey has one good thing going for it right now - the respect of the Arab nations for publicly humiliating the Israelis. One day however, the Turks are going to need the Israelis to help them fight off the Jihadists that they are now dancing with but will find the Israelis already wed to the Greeks or perhaps the Kurds. Turkey is creating a very bad problem for itself in exchange for this temporary bump in respect from the local Moslem governments. The Ottoman Empire thinks it is reborn! Lol!

Elan Jamil

10/22/2012 9:37:42 PM

Ardogan's policy to tilt tward the the Arab nations and Iran has backfired. Turkey is desperate to international envolvment in solving the Syrian civil war and to elevate the barden of the refugees wave. Good relation with Israel could have positive influence on mobilazing the support Turkey needs so badly (and it will just get more so). It is very simple to understand how quality connections with decision makers around the world can make a difference, but will Tukrish leadership can transform?

Blue Beyond

10/22/2012 9:27:35 PM

Meanwhile, PM Erdogan, FM Davutoglu carry on with the dismemberment of Turkey. They should understand that they have put Turkey into deep doodoo, encountering problems with all the neighbors.
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