Turkey PM: No reconciliation with Israel until end of Gaza siegeErdogan
says Israel answered several Turkish demands in negotiations, but won't agree
to normalization of ties without lifting of Gaza blockade.
11, 2014 | 10:30 PM
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
said on Tuesday that he demands a "written protocol" from Israel
pledging it will lift the siege over the Gaza Strip as a condition for signing
a reconciliation agreement and normalizing relations between the two countries.
Speaking at a press conference in Ankara
alongside Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Erdogan said that negotiations with
Israel have progressed, but have not ended. He added that Turkey has received
an apology from Israel, and that talks over compensation for the families of
those killed and wounded on the Mavi Marmara ship in 2010 are ongoing. However,
Erdogan said the lifting of the siege over the Gaza Strip – which was one of
the conditions set by Turkey for normalizing relations – has not yet
transpired. "Nothing will happen without lifting the siege on Gaza,"
On Monday, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu told a local television station that Israel
and Turkey are closer than ever to normalizing relations between the
“There has recently been momentum and a new
approach in compensation talks,” Davutoglu said. “We could say that most of the
differences have been recently removed in these discussions.”
Last week Haaretz reported that Israel
has offered to pay $20 million in compensation to the families of the
nine people killed during an Israeli commando raid on the Turkish ship Mavi
Marmara in May 2010, as well as to those in the incident.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had authorized his envoys to go as
high as $23 million in order to secure an agreement.
In the interview, Davutoglu refused to state
how much Israel would pay Turkey in compensation, but said that the families of
the victims would be informed as soon as an agreement was reached. Noting that
easing the embargo on Gaza was another condition for normalizing ties,
Davutoglu said that after a reconciliation agreement is signed, Turkey would
send a significant diplomatic contingent to Turkey to “monitor and to
coordinate humanitarian aid to Gaza.”
Last week, a senior Turkish delegation,
headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Fridon Sinirlioglu, visited Israel
meeting with National Security Adviser Yossi Cohen, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu’s special envoy Joseph Ciechanover and Foreign Ministry
Director-General Nissim Ben-Sheetrit.
The talks focused on the compensation
amount and the steps Turkey would take to normalize relations and put an end to
legal action against Israeli soldiers and officers that were involved in the
Mavi Marmara raid.
Israel is demanding that as part of the
agreement, Turkey pass a law that will void the pending lawsuits and block such
actions in the future.
Jerusalem also wants normalization of
relations with Turkey to go beyond the symbolic return of ambassadors to Tel
Aviv and Ankara. Israel wants its diplomatic dialogue with Turkey to resume
along with ministerial meetings, mutual visits and other steps. Israel also
expects Turkey to commit not to act against Israel in international forums and
to stop haranguing Israel in the media.
the golden rules. The thieves do not hear the religious surmons and criminal
like assassins and harden cold bloded criminal like the one he referred to would
never listen to until they are kicked from all sides.
illegitimate sons of the bloody NAZI’S to come to their senses that Adolf Hitler
their blood connected Grand Father do not posses this world. Therefore, it is
no use thinking the world belongs to them or of their illegitimate father
NAZIS, where upon they would do anything they feel like to do..
much should be enough for both the parties to understand who needs to do what.