You didn't really think there would be a deal between Israel and Turkey, did you?
To those of you who thought that a deal between Israel and Turkey would happen, this should remove your delusions. Sultan Erdogan is saying that a deal won't happen unless Israel lifts its 'Gaza blockade.'
“What happens in Gaza is unacceptable, the occupation by Israel must end," Ibrahim Kalın a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.
On Friday, a day after high level Turkish and Israeli officials met in London, the Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that “The teams made progress toward finalizing the agreement and closing the gaps, and agreed that the deal would be finalized in the next meeting which will be convened very soon.”
In Israel, both the Prime Minister's Office and the Foreign Ministry declined to comment – as they have done for months – on the talks.
Two major obstacles to an agreement are Israel’s demand that Turkey not house a Hamas command center in Istanbul, and Turkey's demand that Israel lift its maritime blockade of Gaza.Hey folks - this deal is not going to happen. The 'negotiations' are a charade, probably to keep Obama happy. Get used to it.
Israel has made clear that it does not intend to lift the blockade of Gaza, which it deems vital for the country's security, although it is apparently willing to let Turkey ship some humanitarian aid to Gaza.
According to the Daily Sabah newspaper, another Turkish demand is that Israel let Turkey dispatch to the area a floating power-generating ship to relieve energy problems in Gaza. According to the report, Israel did not reject the idea and is considering it, although there is concern that it would set a precedent. This idea was first broached already in 2014.
The Turkish newspaper said that the next meeting between the two countries will take place within the next two weeks.