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March 22, 2013 11:01 am

Netanyahu Apologizes to Erdogan for “Operational Errors” During Flotilla Raid

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President Obama talks with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, June 19, 2012. Photo: wiki commons.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan Friday.

Initial reports are that during the course of the conversation Netanyahu apologized for the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident that left several Turkish nationals dead. Erdogan reportedly accepted the apology and agreed there was a need for the two countries to normalize relations.

The conversation was precipitated by U.S. president Barack Obama. In a  statement released by the White House only minutes after Obama departed Israel for Jordan the president relayed his hope that the conversation would prove fruitful: “The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security.

“I am hopeful that today’s exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities,” he added.

This marks the first time the two leaders have spoken since 2010. The frayed relationship was again in the headlines recently when Erdogan referred to Zionism as a “crime against humanity.” He later claimed that the comments were taken out of context.

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  • jerry hersch

    The coordination of the two nations-Turkey and Israel is absolutely essential for Israels survival.
    Only cojoint action can eliminate a multitude of problems.
    Along with that Turkey must reinstate the “rehabilitated” staff that was dismissed -especially the eight who know that area best.

  • Moses

    And now Turkey will apologize for the murder of 1 million Armenians.

  • Richard Tebboth

    Next. Agreement and Implementation of the 2 state solution based on UNSCR 242?

  • Wow. For an apology–mere words–and compensation to the families of Turks on the Mavi Marmara who were engaged in a war against Israel–a trivial bribe–Turkey has given up on its view that “Zionism is a crime against humanity.”
    Turkey will once again have diplomatic relations with Israel, the most hated nation on earth. Erdogan has agreed to be practical and give up his rigidity, which he believed was virtue.

    • Lynne T

      I am a bit confused by your comments.
      I wait to be convinced that Erdogan, the AKP the Turkish wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, et al, feel any differently about Jews or Zionism and Erdogan and his friends not only control the government of Turkey, they control Turkish media too.

      No, this is a case of Turkey wanting something from the US, perhaps assistance with the vast number of Syrian refugees and/or greater support for the opponents to the Al Assad regime and the necessary face saving.

      • Lynne,
        I don’t think Erdogan hates Zionism and Jews any less. What surprises me is that he agreed to a deal with them. Could Iran ever be tempted by practicality? Could Hamas? I don’t think so.

  • richard sherman

    The only thing worse than a jew apologizing to a nazi is a jew apologizing to a pseudonazi. Shame on you Bibi..You disgrace Yoni’s memory.

  • JohnWV

    The Jewish state subjugates and feigns allegiance but has no allies.