Turkey whines that Israel hasn't done enough yetForeign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is whining again that Israel has not done enough to deserve to have full diplomatic relations with his country restored (Hat Tip: Joshua I).
Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's 68th meeting in New York, where he travelled with President Abdullah Gül and a high-level delegation, Davutoğlu noted that out of the three important conditions Turkey set, only one of them has been met by Israel.
In order to end a major crisis in ties between the two former allies, as part of a US-brokered rapprochement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March offered an apology to Turkey for the [Mavi Marmara] incident.
An apology was one of three demands Ankara made of Tel Aviv. The other two were compensation for the families of the passengers killed on the ship and the lifting of the blockade on Gaza.
Davutoğlu said Turkey's demand for an Israeli apology had been fulfilled, that there had been progress on the second condition of compensation and that the negotiations were still going on over the issue.
"We hope this will be concluded," said Davutoğlu.
Referring to the third condition of the ending of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, Davutoğlu said that Turkey is very concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories, especially in Gaza, following recent developments in Egypt.As I have reported before, what is holding up the compensation issue is a Turkish insistence on an Israeli admission of guilt, which was not part of the deal brokered by President Obama when he was here last March. There is no way Israel would agree to admit guilt for the Mavi Marmara incident.
As to the third condition, it too was not part of the deal brokered by President Obama between Israel and Turkey, and frankly, it's none of Turkey's business.
Israel should stop prostrating itself in front of Turkey. Enough is enough.
Shabbat Shalom everyone.