Remember when Obama brokered a breakthrough between stalemated leaders of Israel and Turkey at Ben-Gurion airporton his trip to Israel and Palestine back in March?
Well now there is a standstill over the Turkey/Israel reconciliation because neither side is backing down. Israel finally apologized in March for the nine killings on the Mavi Marmara in 2010 and offered financial compensation. Turkey says it’s not the money, it’s the legal definition of the damages; and Israel won’t accept liability for the killings by Israeli commandos of Turkish and American humanitarians aboard the boat as a “wrongful act”.
But that’s not all. The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday Turkey also wants Israel to “lift its blockade on Gaza,” and that was followed by an Israeli official claiming ”they want to bring us to our knees.”
Turkey is not interested in a diplomatic reconciliation with Israel, but rather in humiliating it and bringing it to its knees, Israeli officials said on Thursday.
One Israeli official said that Arinc’s comments reveal that Ankara is not genuinely interested in settling the dispute over the Mavi Marmara with Israel, but rather the aim is to humiliate Jerusalem.
“All of a sudden he says the money is not the issue. Indeed, they want to bring us to our knees and read the text that they dictate to us.”……One senior Israeli official, when asked several weeks ago about the Turks apparent adding on conditions before returning their ambassador to Israel, replied that “enough is enough,”
So: Was that all a show for Obama’s visit? The article ends on this note:
One Israeli official said on Thursday that while there was US pressure in the past on Israel to make gestures to reconcile with Turkey, there are currently no such demands. Netanyahu did what the Americans expected him to do, the official said, and from their standpoint this whole episode should now be over.