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Ankara has dismissed Israeli officials’ recent statements that Tel Aviv is ready to solve any outstanding disputes with Turkey but will not apologize for the deadly 2010 Mavi Marmara raid, according to Turkish officials.

Turkey regards Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s latest remarks, as well as Israeli politicians’ similar statements delivered in the past, to be a tactical move attempting to avoid Turkey’s firm conditions for the normalization of bilateral ties.

Turkey’s opinion and pre-conditions are “certain,” the officials said, citing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements that normalization in bilateral relations was not possible without Israel apologizing to Turkey.

“We have already discussed ways to normalize relations. They know our expectations,” another official said, adding that Ankara ruled out another round of talks with Israel if such conditions were not met by the Tel Aviv administration.

“There is no change in our attitude on the issue,” a Turkish Foreign Ministry official told the Hürriyet Daily News in reply to a question regarding Lieberman’s statements to a group of Turkish journalists.
“As Israel, we are ready to discuss [our problems with Turkey] at high-level or low-level open meetings,” Lieberman said July 22, adding that he had objected to apologizing during past talks, and even threatened to resign if Israel apologized for the Mavi Marmara incident. “Even if Israel apologizes for the attack, it will change nothing,” he also said.

Turkey and Israel fell out badly in 2010 when Israeli commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara humanitarian aid ship to enforce a naval blockade of the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip and killed nine Turkish activists in clashes with activists. Turkish and Israel officials met several times to find a way out for a solution, in which Turkey has demanded a formal apology from Israel alongside compensation for victims and the families of the dead, but Israel has so far only ever expressed “regret.”

July/25/2012

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Murat

7/25/2012 9:35:44 PM

"but I really don't see how this one incident has caused this much harm between two countries..." Let me help you. Unarmed civilians in a civilian ship, in international waters, presenting no danger and threat to anyone were attacked and murdered execution style. The rest were hijacked, jailed and strip searched and then some were robbed. Here is the best part, the killers were called heors by Bibi publically and were given medals. Do you see now?

carlos valds

7/25/2012 8:10:28 PM

Turkey is doing the world a favor by waiting for an apology from israel. israel is a mad dog going around killing thousands upon thousands and stealing whatever they can get thier hands on. The Germans and Poles do not say anything because they feel guilty about thier role in WWII. Russians and French dont care and dont like Muslims anyway. Spain doesnt matter and US actively encourages the worst possible behavior by israel. Please start saving world from real threat israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Selim Bisevac

7/25/2012 7:19:56 PM

@Murat Could not agree more , murder murder murder! is the middle name of this Zionist regime!

US Observer

7/25/2012 4:36:18 PM

Sad when intelligent people are at the mercy of their emotion and reason and logic are vacated. Some of you see only what you want to see, not what is truth. It may be just a matter of perspective I guess, but I really don't see how this one incident has caused this much harm between two countries with a history of cooperation. Why can people not see the bigger picture?

Roger Harding

7/25/2012 9:31:54 AM

Turkey should go beyond stated pre-conditions normalization of bilateral ties. Turkey should use Intelligence Services and Law Enforcement Services to hunt down fugitive criminals who gave orders for the Mavi Marmara bloody massacre.

ilker avni

7/25/2012 5:31:01 AM

Turkey has time on her side.Netanhayu will be kicked out of office along with his ganster partner Lieberman, two israelis who set fire upon themselfs,which i have never heard of such a things in Israels short history.Now its the turn of the Israelis to suffer at the hands of they zionists leaders.

Murat

7/25/2012 1:33:50 AM

Was it not Lieberman who prevented Bibi from going forward with a compromise solution? This man is a minister? Too late for apologies. One does not mass murder and then get away witha lousy "sorri".
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