The international media will run with this …BIG TIME.
This sucks, but there must be something waiting in the wings for Israel to turn a blade on itself in such a dramatic way. The Turks win the moment, but perhaps the Israelis win the airspace.
Israel says it resumes ties with Turkey after apologizing for deaths in 2009 flotilla incident
Published March 22, 2013
JERUSALEM – Israel’s leader has announced the restoration of normal diplomatic relations with Turkey after apologizing for the deaths of nine Turkish activists in a 2009 Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound international flotilla.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he had expressed regret during a phone call with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. President Barack Obama helped arrange the call shortly before leaving Israel.
The flotilla incident severely harmed ties between the once-close allies. Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel, and diplomatic ties and military cooperation were greatly scaled back.
Netanyahu said the “tragic results” were not intentional and Israel “expressed remorse” for the loss of life. He cited “operational mistakes.”