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Israel says Turkish ship move ‘harsh and serious’

A senior Israeli official on Friday called Turkey’s announcement that Turkish warships would escort any future convoys to the Gaza Strip as “harsh and serious” but said Israel wanted to avoid a war of words with its former ally.
The announcement by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday set the stage for a potential naval confrontation as Israel maintains a sea blockade on the Palestinian enclave.
Erdogan said the move was meant to prevent a repeat of an Israeli commando raid on a Turkish aid flotilla last year in which nine civilians were killed.
The incident and subsequent diplomatic arguing has brought relations between the two countries, once close Middle Eastern allies, almost to crisis point.
“The things Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said are harsh and serious, but I don’t think it would be right to get into any verbal sabre-rattling with him,” Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told Israeli Army Radio.
“Our silence is the best response. I hope this phenomenon will pass.”
Ankara downgraded diplomatic relations and said it would boost naval patrols in the eastern Mediterranean after Israel refused to apologise for the killings in the raid, which targetted a Turkish activist ship that tried to breach Israel’s blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

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  1. gul said:

    turkey is not like pakistan or libay and Iraq,turkey has strong millitary and economy,they responded strongly which shoke the poltics.

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