Lieberman - Fattal - July 20, 2011
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during a press conference, July 20, 2011. Photo by Michal Fattal
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The leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party has demanded that Israel apologize for its part in the capture of the PKK’s imprisoned leader Abdullah Öcalan in 1999 after a report that Israel was planning to use the PKK against Turkey, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported on Monday.

Israeli-Turkish ties have deteriorated significantly in recent weeks, culminating with the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to Turkey after Israel refused to apologize for its deadly Gaza flotilla raid in which nine Turkish citizens were killed.

According to a report in Yedioth Ahronoth, Lieberman assembled a team in charge of retaliating against Turkey. The team reportedly recommended to Lieberman that Israel should cooperate with the terrorist organization PKK and even consider supplying it with weapons.

Another suggestion was to offer assistance to the Armenians and file UN reports against Turkey for violating human rights of Turkey's minorities.

PKK leader Murat Karayılan told the pro-PKK Firat news agency on Monday that his group is a “principled organization” and that it is not a movement that “could be used against any state”, the Turkish newspaper reported.

The PKK leader said that if Israel wishes to solidify relations with the group, they will first need to apologize to the Kurdish people and the PKK for its part in an international effort that led to the capture of the PKK’s leader.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization in many countries, including in the United States, Israel’s ally.