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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Government denies Clinton asked Israel to apologize to Turkey

In an earlier post, I reported that the Netanyahu government had refused a request from Secretary of State Clinton to apologize to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara incident. Israel Radio reports in its 11:00 pm news update that the report that Clinton asked Israel to apologize is 'not accurate.'

JPost is reporting that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that he regrets that the decision not to apologize was not taken earlier.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday said he regrets that Israel didn't decide against apologizing to Turkey earlier.

Referencing Turkey's demand that Israel apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals last year aboard the Mavi Marmara, Lieberman told Channel 2, "I'm sorry that the decision wasn't taken earlier."

"It made us look indecisive and it also gave false hope to some of our friends," he explained.

Asked what would happen next in the Marmara affair, Lieberman said, "I think now the Palmer report will be published."
Meanwhile, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that 'normal' ties between Israel and Turkey cannot possibly be resumed without an apology.

It will be interesting to see what's in the Palmer Commission report.

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