'Islamist' Turkey to Israel: No renewal of ties without unlimited access to Gaza. (JPost).
'Hurriyet Daily News' reports that Erdogan will not accept any Israeli restrictions on the flow of Turkish aid to the Palestinian coastal enclave.
The report states that the government headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not accept any Israeli restrictions on the flow of Turkish aid to the Palestinian coastal enclave.
Turkish negotiators have reportedly presented this demand to the Israelis in ongoing negotiations over the restoration of diplomatic ties that were broken off following the crisis precipitated by an Israeli raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza in 2010.
Hamas, for its part, has not received any "positive signs" from Turkey regarding the rapprochement with Israel and fears Ankara will drop its demand for the lifting of the Gaza blockade as a prerequisite for normalizing relations with Jerusalem, a senior Hamas official said on Wednesday.
The London-based online newspaper Rai al-Youm quoted the unnamed Hamas official as saying efforts were underway to “beautify” an Israeli-Turkish accord that would be face-saving for Erdogan.
The official expressed concern is that Turkey would accept an Israeli offer to ease restrictions imposed on the entry of construction material into the Gaza Strip instead of a full lifting of the blockade.
But there was no mention in the PMO statement on Thursday of the Gaza blockade issue, though Israeli officials have said repeatedly that Israel will not lift the maritime blockade and allow cargo into Gaza without security checks.
What seems to be emerging, however, is a situation whereby Erdogan will be able to save face by claiming commitments by Israel to continue to allow the transfer of more products overland into the Strip. Hmmmm......Anyone Trusting Turkey is certified nuts. Read the full story here.
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