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Lieberman: Erdogan wants to humiliate Israel and is uninterested in rapprochement

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has said that the Turkish government headed by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is completely uninterested in a diplomatic rapprochement between Ankara and Tel Aviv.
 
In a statement to Radio Israel following the Turkish government's insistence on its demand that Israel apologize for last year's Freedom Flotilla incident as a pre-condition to the normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations, Lieberman said, "It is clear that this person [Erdogan] is not looking for accommodation, peace or normalisation, but wants to humiliate the State of Israel; reduce its international standing, and harm our status in the region,"


Israel has completely refused to apologize for storming the Gaza-bound Turkish ship; the Mavi Marmara last May.
 
The Israeli Foreign Ministry had approached Ankara with a request that it demonstrates more flexibility toward ending the flotilla crisis through a 'redeeming formula' which aims at improving the level of bilateral relations between the two states.

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