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July 8, 2013 10:38 am

Majority of Israelis Oppose Apology to Turkey for Flotilla Incident

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PM Netanyahu speaks at Israel's Remembrance Day Memorial. Photo: Channel 10.

JNS.org – Seventy-one percent of Israelis believe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology to his Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident was unjustified, a new poll revealed.

The poll, commissioned by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and conducted over the phone from June 16-19, found that 85 percent of Israelis say their chances of going on vacation to Turkey in the near future are very low. Only 28 percent of Israelis believe that relations between Israel and Turkey under Erdogan will improve in the near future, while 42 percent think relations will stay the same and 30 percent believe they will deteriorate further.

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