Israel won't apologise for Turkish deaths

2011-07-21 18:58

Jerusalem - An Israeli cabinet minister says Israel won't apologise for killing nine Turkish activists aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla last year.

Moshe Yaalon says he recently held three rounds of talks with the Turks, who demand such an apology to help mend frayed ties. But he says "we are not ready to apologise".

However, he hinted the position could change, saying "there might be some dispute" within the cabinet.

The activists were trying to breach Israel's naval embargo of Gaza. Israel maintains that commandos who raided the ship opened fire because activists attacked them.

The activists say they were attacked first.

Yaalon says an upcoming UN report on the raid is expected to defend the naval operation and the blockade but accuse Israel of using excessive force.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    turkey  |  israel  |  gaza ship raid
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Wallabies 'defend like dogs'
Loubscher expecting 'direct' Wales
Carter desperate to reach RWC final
Boks want to continue upward curve
Traffic Alerts

You may find it hard to focus on the mundane routines as the greener pastures seem so tempting. It is a good time to expand more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.