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Israel rejects Turkish conditions for a resumption of security coordination

February 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon has said that the Turkish government has decided not to resume security coordination with Tel Aviv. Such coordination stopped in mid-2010 following Israel’s assault on the Freedom Flotilla during which nine Turkish peace activists were killed by Israeli forces. The main stumbling block, according to a report on Radio Israel, is Turkey’s insistence on an Israeli apology for last May’s IDF raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara.

Ya’alon believes that Ankara’s three demands – an apology, compensation for victims and their families, and the ending of Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip – make any reconciliation between the two states difficult.