Netanyahu: I won't apologise

2011-09-04 17:44

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he would not apologise to Turkey over an Israeli raid that killed nine Turks on a ship bound for Gaza, reiterating his position after Ankara downgraded its relations with the Jewish state.

Turkey on Friday froze all military pacts with Israel, expelled the Israeli ambassador and threatened legal sanctions after a UN report on the May 2010 raid failed to trigger an Israeli apology.

The report said that Israel had used unreasonable force in the raid of the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara, but added that pro-Palestinian activists onboard mounted organised and violent resistance.

Turkey also wants an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza and compensation for the families of those killed in the raid.

"We do not need to apologise that the naval commandos defended themselves against the violent activists," Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet meeting, echoing a statement issued by his office on Friday.
"I hope a way can be found to overcome the dispute with Turkey.”

The UN report by a four-member panel said Israel's naval blockade of Gaza was a legitimate security measure to prevent weapons from reaching the enclave but the amount of force used by the Israeli commandos was "excessive and unreasonable".

Publication of the so-called Palmer report was delayed repeatedly to allow for months of rapprochement talks between Israel and Turkey, once close strategic allies, at a time of wide upheaval in the Middle East.

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, regarded as a hero in the Muslim world for championing the Palestinian cause, is expected to go to Egypt later this month.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-09-04 19:52

    Eish, no Turkish delight for Mr Erdogan then.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-09-04 20:34

    Good on you Netanyahu, I back you on that!

  • brinjal - 2011-09-04 20:37

    No apology necessary!

  • Romans8 - 2011-09-04 20:47

    Why should he apologise, Israel were in defence mode against the aggressors and perpatrators of criminal acts!

      pierreedge - 2011-09-05 15:50

      WHAT criminal acts? bringing tubes of aspirin and band aid??? How can someone be so biased that he doesnt even realise he sounds so stupid

  • Adam - 2011-09-04 21:47

    Those people that were killed were journalists, and they were ARMED, they were ARMED with pen and paper. But i suppose the Israeli Soldiers took that saying literally, they thought that their lives were in danger because these people were ARMED. The Saying goes, 'The pen is mightier than the sword.'

  • hafezhamza - 2011-09-04 22:02

    israel and the jews are racists.and the zionists are the real can some one stop aid for people who are in need of it

      Monacoroyals - 2011-09-05 08:34 There is no place in the world where racism... is as widespread and institutionalized as in the Arab world; against Christian minorities. Jews, women and Gays.

      King Solomon - 2011-09-05 09:41

      Yes, and all Muslims are terrorists?

  • kubs - 2011-09-05 08:29

    According to the UN report some of the activists were shot in the back..That tells all you will ever need to know about Israel

      Monacoroyals - 2011-09-05 08:45

      UN report concluded that while soldiers were being thrown overboard from the 4th level of the terrorist boat, those violent individuals were the ones being shot in the back - in hope that they would not throw the soldiers overboard. Suppose the roles were reversed, and Israel had sent - or at least not prevented - a boat or flotilla to make an incursion into Turkey's territorial waters or a (hypothetical) blockade Turkey had imposed in its own self-defence. Suppose further, that it was then intercepted by A Turkish Coastal Patrol and its boarding party was attacked by people aboard such vessel and the Turkish force had acted in its own defence, perhaps with what some might argue was excessive force, to the detriment of the attackers and the demise of some of them? Would anyone be calling on Turkey to apologize to Israel or make payments to the families of the perpetrators? I think not. Israel had every right to impose and enforce its blockade against its overtly hostile neighbour in Gaza, and the incursion had no right to be there. Nothing more need be said. However you people are too blood thirsty to recognise the truth.

      kubs - 2011-09-05 13:44

      If someone hijacked your car and then continued to drive it past your house everyday I suspect that u might be hostile to them as well

  • Arno Young - 2011-09-05 09:23

    "Turkey should be ashamed of itself," said US Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY). "In an almost unbelievable act of hypocrisy, the Syrian ambassador sits comfortably in Ankara, while the Assad regime kills more than 2000 of its own people, but Turkey has expelled the Israeli Ambassador for Israel’s proper enforcement of a legally-established blockade. Rather than bashing the only real democracy in the Middle East, Turkey should focus on its own problems, such as ending its occupation of Cyprus once and for all." Not a few people have also pointed out that while Turkey is busy demonizing Israel for defending itself, the Turkish air force has been killing hundreds in northern Iraq in raids on suspected Kurdish militants. Both Ankara and the mainstream media have been silent on that comparison

      MosesMabhida - 2011-09-05 13:21

      yes Arno, moreover, Terrorist supporting Turkey is no longer an asset to NATO. It uses NATO weapons to murder innocent Kurdish civilians in Iraq - a war crime committed with NATO weapons. When will Turkey apologize for the massacre of Armenians and Cypriots? Mr. Erdogan does not like to be reminded of the massacre of Armenians. He also does not like to be asked about his government's invasion of Cyprus and the expulsion of Greek Cypriots. Mr. Erdogan is one big hypocrite. Israel must not let Turkey make the running and should sever all diplomatic ties now. Israel should then support the moves to recognise the Armenian genocide and the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus. Take the gloves off! Better an open enemy than a treacherous 'ally'

  • IceMan - 2011-09-05 17:31

    no problem Netanyahu, everyone will have their day, and your day will come aswell.

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