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Israel rejects Turkish conditions for a resumption of security coordination

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.


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