Lieberman Says Turkey Ought to Apologize, Not Israel

Al Manar TV – December 26, 2010

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed on Sunday that Israel would not apologize to Turkey for a deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed nine Turkish activists.

Speaking in Jerusalem at a meeting of Israel’s ambassadors, Lieberman said Ankara’s demand for an apology before normalizing relations between was “a cheek.”

“The ones who have to apologize are the government of Turkey for supporting terror,” he said. “There will be no apology” from Israel, he added.

Relations between Turkey and Israel have frayed almost to breaking point in the past year over Israel’s May 31 raid on a flotilla of aid ships seeking to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The naval operation killed nine Turkish activists in international waters and drew international condemnation, prompting a deep crisis in relations with Ankara.

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