Ya'alon said, "Apologizing to Turkey would have caused Israel strategic damage in the region," but what of the alternative? Will the Turks simply capitulation and say, "It is water under the bridge?" Unlikely. As much as public sentiment is against an apology in Israel, that much is for it in Turkey. Netanyahu has refused to issue an apology simply for his own political existence and nothing else. With uncertainty in Egypt and even more in Syria, you'd think Netanyahu might want a little security. I guess when the writers write Netanyahu's biography they stuff the Turkish episode under the chapter, "Pride don't need friends!" On another note, it is good that Erdogan has insisted on an apology and rebuffed the US's demand, for now it might become clear to the US how much Benjamin "I delegitimize my own country" Netanyahu is an impediment to improving Israel's relations within the region.
Spain investigating ex-IMF chief Rato for fraud (Reuters)