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Netanyahu: No apology to Turkey

Tough talk: Prime minister makes it clear Israel will not apologize to Turkey over flotilla incident; during Channel 10 interview, Netanyahu also demands that Ankara annul all legal proceedings against the IDF

Tough talk: Israel will not be apologizing to Turkey over the flotilla incident that left nine people dead, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Channel 10 Monday.


Turkey has said previously that relations with Israel will not be resorted before Israel apologizes for the bloody raid and compensate the victims' families.


However, the prime minister made it clear that no apology is forthcoming, and added that Israel demands that Ankara annul all legal proceedings and lawsuits against the IDF launched in the wake of the raid on the Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla.


Interim agreement? 

Turning his attention to recent remarks by Avigdor Lieberman about Turkey and the Palestinians, the PM dismissed the suggestion that he is being humiliated by his foreign minister.


"The foreign minister is not humiliating me; he is expressing his views," Netanyahu said. "Under Israel's system of government, ministers always express their views. We have a coalition, and (within it) we have different views."


"In this case we have Foreign Minister Lieberman, Defense Minister Barak, Interior Minister Eli Yishai and HaBait HaYehudi - they all have different views," he said, adding that the only binding view is the one held by the government as a whole.


The prime minister added that in case of a failure to reach agreement with the Palestinians on the issues of Jerusalem and the refugees, the result may be an interim agreement.


"This may be the result of the diplomatic process," he said.



פרסום ראשון: 12.27.10, 20:31
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