Israel will not offer apology to Turkey over May 31 flotilla attack

[ 16/12/2010 – 10:48 AM ]


OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– The Israeli foreign ministry has refused to offer an apology to Turkey for the country’s May 31 naval attack on the Freedom Flotilla, which was on its way to the besieged Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian aid.

“Israel does not intend to make an apology to Turkey concerning the fleet of ships,” Deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon told the media Thursday. Turkey has insisted on demanding an apology and compensation to the victims’ families from Israel as a basic condition before announcing the agreement to end the diplomatic relations crisis between the states.

On a similar note, Israeli lawmaker Danny Danon from the ruling Likud party wrote to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sarcastically apologizing for Israeli soldiers using “extreme restraint” while seizing the ship and killing six “terrorists” only.

“If Israel had prior knowledge of the presence of terrorists on board the ship, orders would have been issued that soldiers kill anyone who puts their safety at risk,” Danon said.

“Tel Aviv should have inspected the ships before they set sail from Turkish shores, on the grounds that its passengers carried firearms,” Danon alleged.

Israel will not offer apology to Turkey over May 31 flotilla attack.

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