ISTANBUL — Turkey sees no possibility of resuming full diplomatic relations with Israel unless Israel apologizes and pays damages for the deaths its commandos caused last year aboard a Turkish ship that was trying to run Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, Turkey's foreign minister said Friday.
"Israel buried our friendship in the deep waters of the Mediterranean," Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in response to a question on whether Turkish-Israeli relations would recover in the near future.
Turkey, which became the first Muslim country to recognize Israel in 1949, was considered Israel's closest ally in the Middle East until September, when Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador, canceled all military cooperation agreements and downgraded its relations with the Jewish state after Israel refused to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens
One of the good things about Bernard Avishai's piece on right of return in Harper's is that he emphasizes the spiritual nature of the damage, and the importance of apology. But there is never any sense of accountability... Spoiled child of the west... Erdogan said that.