Presently, they do not want a real peace with Israel, this is all a ploy to raise their own standing within the Muslim, and especially within the Arab world. The whole situation was fabricated by the Turks, for the Turks to place themselves in better light, and to screw to Jews.
When they dismiss their claims and don’t mention anything else about the Mavi Marmara affair, then we’ll know that an attempt to patch the relations between the two states has been met. One thing for sure, Israel will not apologize for something the Turkish government set up. KGS
Turkey wants to make peace with Israel
TODAY’S ZAMAN: 26 December 2010, Sunday / AP WITH WIRES, ANKARA
Turkey’s foreign minister on Saturday said the country wants improved ties with Israel, but it must apologize and offer compensation for its deadly raid on a Gaza Strip-bound aid flotilla.
The US and the European Union have called on Turkey and Israel to overcome tensions and renew close links to help with peace efforts in the Middle East.
“We have the intention of making peace with Israel,” the state-run Anatolia news agency quoted Ahmet Davutoğlu as saying during a meeting with a group of journalists in İstanbul. “We are for peace with all countries.”
“Why should we want bad relations with a country with whom we are trying to broker peace,” Davutoğlu said in reference to Turkey’s mediation between Israel and Syria in 2008, a role that won this NATO member international praise.
Israel and Turkey built strong military and economic ties over the past 15 years, and Turkey became Israel’s closest ally in the Muslim world.
Relations between the two soured, however, with Turkey’s AK Party government’s increasingly vociferous criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. They hit an all-time low in May, when Israeli naval commandos killed nine activists from Turkey on board a Gaza-bound ship that tried to breach Israel’s naval blockade.
Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Tel Aviv and Turkish leaders denounced Israel repeatedly over the raid. Turkey has made an Israeli apology and compensation for the victims’ families a condition for improved ties.
Israeli commandos said they opened fire in self-defense after meeting what they called unexpected resistance when they boarded the ferry carrying aid supplies to Gaza. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also wants Israel to end its blockade on the Gaza Strip. Israel and Egypt blockaded Gaza after the elected Hamas seized control there in 2007.
Israel wants Turkey to return its ambassador and remove the raid from the international agenda.