Sunday, December 26, 2010

Gaza Peace Flotilla

Gaza Peace Flotilla: Israel will not present an apology

LEMONDE.FR with AFP | 26.12.10 | 8:01 p.m. • Updated 26.12.10 | 8:57 p.m.

Nine peace volunteers murdered including a 
12 Years old American boy shot four times 
through the back of his head.

Le "Mavi-Marmara", le bateau turc de la flottille pour Gaza, quelques jours avant l'assaut.
The "Mavi Marmara," the Turkish ship of the flotilla to Gaza a few days before the assault. AP
Israel will present "no excuses" to Turkey after the raid in May against a flotilla of humanitarian aid into Gaza, in which nine Turks were killed, said Sunday, Dec. 26 his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman . 'There will be no excuses. He should apologize, it's the government of Turkey for supporting terrorism " , said Mr. Lieberman, leader of an ultra-nationalist party, during a meeting of ambassadors of Israel in Jerusalem.

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has distanced however shortly after these remarks, noting in a statement that the head of diplomacy "was merely expressing a personal opinion" .
May 31, nine Turks died in a raid by Israeli naval commandos in international waters, against the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara , the flagship of a flotilla that was heading towards humanitarian Gaza under Israeli siege. Saturday, the head of Turkish diplomacy, Ahmet Davutoglu , said his country wanted to reconcile with Israel, but it meant that Israel apologize and pay compensation for the nine victims.
On Sunday, thousands of people waving Turkish flags and Palestinian, have welcomed the Mavi Marmara in Istanbul, after several months of repairs at a Turkish port on the Mediterranean. The Turkish Islamist NGOs HHI, which is the owner, announced he would be part of a new fleet to leave for Gaza humanitarian May 31, 2011. Relations between Turkey and Israel strategic allies since the 1990s, have deteriorated following the deadly Israeli offensive in Gaza in December 2008 - January 2009, violently denounced by Ankara, before entering into a serious crisis in 2010 after the assault fleet.
Fleet: Israel will not present an apology to Turkey -