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March 29, 2013 8:14 am

Turkey’s FM: Diplomatic Pressure, Not Syria and Iran, Forced Apology from Israel

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Ahmet Davutoglu. Photo: Wiki Commons

Israel’s recent apology to Turkey for “operational errors” during a 2010 raid on a flotilla off the coast of Gaza which resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish nationals was not related to Turkey’s policy with regard to Syria or Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a TV station in his country on Friday. He said that diplomatic pressure forced Israel to offer up the mea culpa. “We had to make sure that Israel felt the pressure,” Davutoglu stated, according to the Israeli daily Maariv.

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a main motivating factor behind his apology was mutual concerns the two countries shared over Syria and Iran. “The fact that the crisis in Syria is escalating from moment to moment was a major consideration for me,” he said.

“It is important that Turkey and Israel, which share borders with Syria, be able to communicate with each other,” he added.

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  • K B Lum

    I think it is very stupid to offer mea culpa to Erdogan.

  • Alon

    Ahmet Davutoglu – another antisemite and anti Israel misguided person…….

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Turkish as Islamic will never be reliable for support again other country under the Islamic rule.
    Historically Turkey had a very bad Human Right record and still going on.
    How the world is closing the eye on genocide again Kurdish and the oldest one of Armenians. They send some extremist to test Israel and they had manipulate well the media,UN and Obama had lost more credibility after this wrong apology given by Israel to a country that support Palestinian Hamas that is devote for the Jews extermination.

  • G Marcus

    Correction to the Editor:

    Davutoglu is not Turkey’s President, he is the country’s Foreign Minister.