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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hurriyet: Palmer report delayed until August 20 to prepare Israeli public for apology

The United Nations has delayed the release of the Palmer Commission report on the Mavi Marmara incident to August 20, and Turkey's Daily Hurriyet is reporting that the delay was requested by Israel to give it time to prepare its public opinion for an apology to Turkey.
The third postponement of the release of a U.N. panel’s report on last year’s Mavi Marmara incident came upon a request from the Israeli side, Turkish officials have suggested. They interpreted the move as an effort to win time to prepare Israeli public opinion for an apology to be made to Turkey.

Led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, the panel, which has both Turkish and Israeli members, was set to announce its report July 27, a date seen as a deadline for Israel to apologize to Turkey and pay compensation to the families of victims of the fatal raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship. The release of the report has now been delayed until Aug. 20.

According to information obtained by the Hürriyet Daily News, the Israeli request was conveyed to the United Nations last week, before the Israeli Cabinet was scheduled to decide on the apology issue.
And there apparently is something to this report, because our Foreign Ministry said "no comment" rather than deny it.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry refused to comment Monday on claims that the postponement was made at Israel’s request. “The [U.N.] secretary-general has decided to postpone the publication of the report and he decided to consult with both sides before making the decision,” Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, told Agence France-Presse on Monday.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s statement that the government would not collapse if it issued an apology to Turkey without opponents’ consent has been seen as a positive sign for a future move from Israel.
The idea of Israel apologizing for the Mavi Marmara incident is absurd. The postponement - and the Israeli government's refusal to comment on it - indicates that our government may be about to cave in on this issue. Is it pressure from the Obama administration? If so, it's time we learned to say no. Long past time.

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At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anything it is Turkey that owes Israel an apology.

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the government apologizes it deserves to be replaced by Neturei Karta, who are at least up front in insisting that the ghetto mentality of self-abnegation is the highest spiritual value of Judaism.

At 11:08 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Israel's Stupid Jews have learned the value of nothing. Dignity and self respect are entirely foreign to them!

What could wrong indeed

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Israel issues an apology, I quit.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
An apology is the wrong way to go,apologize and Erdogan will want the Gaza blokade lifted ,after that he will want Jerusalem given to the Arabs........ and after that the Jews are driven in the sea?


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