Lieberman wants to eject Turkish workers amid showdown over ties with Turkey

[ 28/07/2011 – 11:25 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman wants to eject some 350 Turkish construction workers as Israel’s relations with Turkey have spiraled after the 2010 flotilla attack.

Israeli ministers Ehud Barak and Lieberman have been at odds over whether to meet Turkey’s condition of an apology over the attack before it would restore ties with Israel.

The workers were brought into Israel to upgrade tanks that the Israeli Military Industries was contracted to build under a defense agreement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a cabinet meeting on Wednesday to mull over Turkey’s demands for an apology, compensation to be paid to the flotilla victims’ families, and lift the blockade enforced on the Gaza Strip.

The war ministry wants to extend the workers’ visas amid fears that ejecting the workers could dampen already dismal relations with Turkey.


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