Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called again on Wednesday for Israel to apologize and pay compensation to his country for its May 31 raid of a Gaza-bound flotilla, in which nine Turkish citizens were killed.
Asked by the France 24 television channel of a possible reconciliation between Israeli and Turkey, Erdogan replied that "Israel should apologize and pay compensation; then we can begin to negotiate".
"Israel is responsible for the current state of Turkish-Israeli relations," he said. "How can we forget the air and sea attacks against Turkish-flagged ship carrying passengers around the world seeking to help other people?"
He added that the IDF raid on the Marmara vessel had occurred in international waters.
"Have they found weapons? No (...), so there is no excuse for such behavior," The Turkish prime minister reasoned.
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