Turkey PM: Israel Ties Won't Improve Without Apology for Gaza Flotilla Raid

Erdogan responds to Netanyahu's decision on Wednesday not to apologize for the IDF raid on Gaza-bound ship in 2010.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that there will be no improvement in ties with Israel, unless it apologizes for the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid which killed nine Turkish activists.

Earlier on Wednesday, Haaretz reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that Israel will not apologize for the deadly raid on the Gaza-bound ship the Mavi Marmara in 2010.

Erdogan - AFP - August 17, 2011
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, August 17, 2011.AFP

Speaking with Clinton via telephone on Tuesday, Netanayhu said that Israel does not intend to adopt an outline to restore its relationship with Turkey.

An official in Jerusalem said that Netanyahu told Clinton that Israel does not oppose the publication of the report of the Palmer Committee, which investigated the events surrounding the flotilla, but that the date of the report's release depends on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The official added that the head of the UN investigatory committee, former New Zealand prime minister Jeffrey Palmer, will present the report to Ban Ki-moon next Monday and that the UN chief will release the report to the public the following day.