Monday, February 15, 2016
It seems like there won't be any reconciliation between 'Islamist dictatorship' Turkey and Israel
It seems like there won't be any reconciliation between 'Islamist dictatorship' Turkey and Israel. (TZ).
Turkey's top diplomat has claimed that Israel has been cold to rapprochement with Turkey because of raised expectations about Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdoğan being ousted from power.
Çavuşoğlu repeated Turkey's conditions for the normalization of ties, saying that Israel has to pay compensation to the relatives of those killed in the May 2010 raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara by Israeli commandos in international waters.
Çavuşoğlu said Turkey also insists on lifting the Israeli embargo on Gaza, and wants to help Gaza residents, including providing electricity to the strip. He said the Turkish government's priority is on lifting the embargo rather than the blockade and hopes to channel development assistance to rebuild Gaza.
Çavuşoğlu also revealed that during the talks, one of the main concerns expressed by Israeli officials was whether the criticism of Israel by Turkey will cease after the deal is finalized. “If Israel continues to implement these policies, including illegal settlements and attacks on Palestine, then we'll naturally criticize; we are very clear and open about this,” he said. Hmmmm......Israel knows that you can't trust 'the Madman from Europe'. Read the full story here.