Erdogan Thumbs Nose at Israeli Tourism; ‘We Don’t Need You’ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 06/06/12)
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Nine Turkish citizens were killed after they ambushed Navy commandos
with knives and clubs, severely wounding several and kidnapping three
until other commandos rescued them and overtook the ship.
Erdogan has not forgotten the clash and still blames Israel, despite
a United Nations report that Israel was within its right to try to
stop the six-ship flotilla from reaching Hamas terrorist-controlled
"We don´t need Israeli tourists in Turkey and we don´t feel their
absence," Erdogan told journalists from two Israeli newspapers,
Yediot Acharonot and Maariv during a reception in Istanbul yesterday.
"We have replaced Israeli tourists with other tourists and last year
we had 31 million tourists,” he declared.
He said relations with Israel, which once flourished, can resume to
their former level only if and when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
apologizes for the clash. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
previously has said that if anyone should apologize, it should be
Erdogan insisted, "Only if Israel apologizes for IDF soldiers
boarding the Marmara and killing Turkish activists, and pays
compensation to the families of the dead, and removes the terrible
blockade on Gaza, will I be ready to meet with the Israeli prime
minister, and perhaps normalize relations between the countries."
Turkey’s relations with Israel began to go sour during the IDF
Operation Cast Lead campaign against Hamas terrorists, when Erdogan
did an about-face, siding with Hamas and warming up to both Hamas and
Syria, which he now has distanced following the brutal suppression of
civilians by the Assad regime.. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 06/06/12)
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