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Israel wants to restore ties with Turkey, no word on demands

Turkey cut its once extensive ties with Israel after Israeli marines killed nine Turkish activists on international aid vessel

Source : Agencies | 25 Jul 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel and its former ally Turkey must repair their relationship because of the instability in their region.

Turkey cut its once extensive ties with Israel after Israeli marines killed nine Turkish activists in May 2010 on international aid vessel trying to break Israel's siege of the Gaza Strip.

"Turkey and Israel are two important, strong and stable states in this region ... We must find ways to restore the relations we once had ... it is important, particularly now, for stability in the region in these times," Netanyahu's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

There was no indication in Netanyahu's statement that Israel would change its stance and meet any of Turkey's demands.

It said he gave the message to Turkish journalists in a meeting late on Monday.

While the statement gave no reason for the timing of his comments, both Israel and Turkey border Syria.

Israel has repeatedly rejected Ankara's demands for a formal apology, compensation for the families of those killed in the raid and end to the Gaza blockade.

 

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