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Ex-Israeli PM says would apologize to Turkey over ship attack

“If I were prime minister, I would have apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish people" - Ehud

Source : Anadolu Agency | 26 Dec 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has suggested that he would have apologized to Turkey over the killing of nine Turks during a raid on the Mavi Marmara ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

“If I were prime minister, I would have apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish people because civilians lost their life,” Olmert said while speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

Turkish-Israeli relations were badly damaged after Israeli naval commandos stormed the Mavi Marmara ship in the Eastern Mediterranean to break the Israeli-imposed embargo in Gaza.

Eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish American were killed during the raid. Turkey continues to demand an apology, compensation to families of the victims and the lifting of the Gaza blockade. Israel has only expressed regret over the killings.

Olmert said if he were Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Israeli prime minister, he would have contacted the Turkish government two days after the incident and had talks to deal with the situation.

 

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