Turkey’s PM Says Israel’s Gaza Offensive Threatens Rapprochement
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Israeli bombardment of Gaza was blocking efforts to patch up relations undermined by a 2010 attack by Israeli commandos on a Turkish ship that had been challenging its blockade of the Palestinian territory. “We cannot normalize (relations). First, this cruelty must end,” Erdogan said
NATO member Turkey and Israel are both US allies and their once close relations, which extended to security cooperation and joint military exercises, were an important part of Washington’s regional policy.
“As long as this is not done, it is not possible that a normalization of the relations between Turkey and Israel be realized,” he added, calling for a ceasefire to resume.