Israeli official: Time for Turkey to pay a price
Despite a reshuffling of ambassadors, Turkey still has not posted an ambassador to Israel
- and that's just the start of the problems (Hat Tip: Joshua I
). Turkey has done none of what it promised President Obama it would do back in March, and it continues to raise obstacles to reconciliation with Israel
, leading one Israeli official to conclude that it's time for Turkey to pay a price.
A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office at the time said the
countries agreed to normalize diplomatic relations, including an
exchange of ambassadors. Erdogan, according to the statement, said
Turkey would terminate all legal proceedings launched against IDF
soldiers who were involved in the raid and would prevent similar legal
action in the future.
However, following Netanyahu's apology, the Turks appeared to be in no
hurry to fulfill their end of the deal. Israel agreed to pay $5 million
in restitution, while Ankara demanded $40 million. During talks held
over the past few days the Turks have expressed their agreement to
receive $24 million from Israel, while the Israeli side raised its offer
to $14 million - a regular Turkish bazaar.
And if this wasn't enough, the Turks announced they could not guarantee
that IDF soldiers and officers who were involved in the raid, including
former IDF Chief Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, would not be
prosecuted, claiming that in Turkey the "executive branch cannot
influence the judicial branch."
According to the Turks, Erdogan cannot act to stop the legal proceedings
while anti-government protests are taking place because he does not
want his constituents to view him as being pro-Israeli.
In light of Turkey's conduct, Israel is considering the possibility of
exacting a diplomatic price from Ankara with the help of a pro-Israeli
Congressman. "After they fed us smelly fish and ran us out of town, it's time that the Turks pay a price for their nasty behavior," a senior official said.
Labels: Binyamin Netanyahu, Mavi Marmara, outrageous apologies, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish obsession with Israel