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Turkey: Normalization with Israel only if Gaza blockade lifted

Senior Turkish official appears to rule out imminent rapprochement with Israel, after leveling demands Jerusalem unlikely to accept.

By Ari Soffer


A spokesman for Turkey‘s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have ruled out any chances of a rapprochement with Israel Monday, after weeks of speculation that a deal was within reach.

Speaking to reporters in Ankara, Ibrahim Kalin said any normalization with Israel would be conditioned on the lifting of the blockade on Gaza – which Israel has imposed to restrict the flow of weapons to Hamas and other terrorist organizations there – as well as providing an apology and compensation to the families of the Islamist extremists killed aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010.

While Israel has indicated it would be willing to fulfill the latter two conditions, despite the fact that the Islamists in question were shot while attacking IDF soldiers, lifting the blockade on Gaza is not on the cards, making the possibility of a deal now seem as distant as ever.

“Turkey – Israel relations will not normalize until Israel realizes the three conditions. We have not given up on these,” Kalin said, according to Reuters.

“Turkey will continue to play its role until a two-state solution is reached, and the Palestinian people have


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