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Turkey to move to 'Plan B' in relations with Tel Aviv

January 31, 2014 at 12:13 am

Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has hinted that his country would resort to its ‘Plan B’ as a new strategic policy for dealing with Tel Aviv if Israel continued to refuse to apologize for its military attack on the Mavi Marmara; the Turkish ship that formed part of the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in May, 2010. Nine Turkish nationals were killed during the IDF attack on Flotilla activists seeking to break the Israel-imposed siege on Gaza.

Erdogan said that without an Israeli apology before the release of the UN Palmer Commission report, he would move on to ‘Plan B’, which includes a series of punitive measures against Israel as well as the formation of an international lobby to campaign in favour of Palestine’s membership to the UN, support for Palestinians in all international institutions, and downgrading diplomatic relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv to that of second secretary.
Israel’s refusal to formally apologize to Turkey could also cost it a complete severance of military, economic, social, and cultural relations with Ankara.