vrijdag 29 maart 2013

Erdogan stelt meer eisen aan Israel voor normalisatie betrekkingen

 
Erdogan had accepted Netanyahu's apology and told the Israeli leader that he would begin working towards full restoration of ties.

But in a public address following the apology, Erdogan called on more concessions from Israel before full relations could be restored. The Turkish leader said "there will be no normalization" without financial compensation for the flotilla incident from Israel as well as the lifting of the Gaza blockade, the Associated Press reported.

"Normalization will happen the moment there is an implementation. But if there is no implementation, then I am sorry," Erdogan said.

In feite is Erdogan teruggekomen op wat hij in zijn gesprek met Netanyahu zei en komt hij nu met aanvullende eisen.  

Zelfs de VN had geoordeeld dat de Israelische actie tegen de Mavi Marmara in principe legaal was, en hekelde naast het 'buitenproprotionele' Israelische geweld ook dat van de Turkse opvarenden. Een wederzijds excuus was dan ook gepaster geweest, maar Israel onder de 'havik' Netanyahu toonde zich inschikkelijk en maakte (na een bespreking met Obama) eenzijdig excuses. Erdogan heeft zich ook nooit voor zijn absurde uitspraken over het zionisme verontschuldigd.

Hij heeft inmiddels bevestigd naar de Gazastrook te willen gaan.

 

Zie ook in het RD: Erdogan: Herstel band Israël kost tijd

 

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Erdogan Says Gaza Blockade Must Be Lifted Before Full Normalization With Israel

MARCH 24, 2013 6:06 PM 19 COMMENTS 

 

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Israel to compensate flotilla victims and end its blockade of Gaza before full normalization of relations can be restored.

On Friday, as U.S. President Barack Obama was about to depart Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Erdogan and apologized for Israel's actions during the May 2010 Gaza flotilla incident, during which eight Turks and one Turkish-American were killed after they attacked Israeli soldiers on board.

Erdogan had accepted Netanyahu's apology and told the Israeli leader that he would begin working towards full restoration of ties.

But in a public address following the apology, Erdogan called on more concessions from Israel before full relations could be restored. The Turkish leader said "there will be no normalization" without financial compensation for the flotilla incident from Israel as well as the lifting of the Gaza blockade, the Associated Press reported.

"Normalization will happen the moment there is an implementation. But if there is no implementation, then I am sorry," Erdogan said.

While Israel and Turkey enjoyed decades of close relations under Turkey's secular rulers, Erdogan and his conservative Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) has increasingly been critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians since coming to power in 2003. This has included closer relations with the Gaza-based terror group Hamas.

Erdogan also said that he plans on traveling to Gaza in April.

Netanyahu listed Syria, Iran and other critical Middle East challenges as the reasons behind his apology. Israel has lifted many restrictions on Gaza since the flotilla incident, and Netanyahu told Erdogan on Friday that he would continue to lift more restrictions as long as "calm prevailed" in Gaza.

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