Gül, responding to a question by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily after a meeting of the İstanbul Forum last week, said: “In order to end this conflict and the difference of opinion between us, we had certain expectations of Israel. Israel responded to part of our expectations when it apologized. But this step was taken at a late stage; Israel apologized too late. Some of our expectations have not yet been met,” the daily reported Gül as saying.
Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador in Ankara after the Mavi Marmara raid, demanding a formal apology, compensation for families of the victims and the lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza to restore ties.
The Israeli daily also reported a Turkish diplomatic advisor as saying that a breakthrough in the normalization process was not to be expected in the near future. “As long as Erdoğan is the prime minister of Turkey, there will not be a change for the positive in relations with Israel. Erdoğan has lots of complaints against you [Israel] already from the period of [Ehud] Olmert. When will a reversal in relations come? Maybe only after the presidential elections in 2014 and the elections for parliament in 2015, which will decide who will serve as the next prime minister of Turkey,” the Turkish diplomatic advisor was reported as saying.If Erdogan doesn't declare himself 'President for life' by then....
Yet another Obama epic failure at Israel's expense. When will Spinless Binyamin learn?