Did Israel “Apologize” to Turkey? Well, No, Not Exactly

Photo: Wikipedia/ Free Gaza Movement

Photo: Wikipedia/ Free Gaza Movement

At his blog, Barry Rubin gives a great backgrounder on the flotilla that Israel’s special forces intercepted and for which Israel’s government has just “apologized.” Only, as Rubin points out, the Israelis didn’t really apologize. Instead, they issued a carefully worded statement to mollify the Turks without admitting doing anything wrong.

The agreement, which includes restoring normal bilateral relations, has been portrayed as some sort of Israeli surrender. That is simply not true. The agreement is much closer to Israel’s position. There is no change on Israel’s strategic policy toward the Gaza Strip at all. While the word “apology” appears in Netanyahu’s statement, it is notably directed at the Turkish people, not the government and is of the sorry-if-your feelings-were-hurt variety.


Author: Stand For Israel | March 26, 2013
Posted in:  Israel, Turkey


 

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  • Gail
    March 28, 2013
    7:28 pm
     

    Dan, you said ‘…an apology is an apology…and at times you have to put your tail between your legs…’.I reassure you,sir, Israel will never put her tail between her legs because God is her Savior!

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  • Alan
    March 27, 2013
    10:49 am
     

    First things first. Turkey is still refusing to apologe to the Armenian people for the Armenian genocide in which they murdered over one million Armenians. What a disgrace!

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  • Zuila
    March 27, 2013
    8:53 am
     

    The Arabs have never contributed anything progressive and live centuries before. Israel has proven to the world her strength and intelligence in all areas: medicine,military,farming,etc. the Arab countries continue to nickpick over everything because Israel’s success as a nation (and she is a nation) has been a miracle. It is evident God is with her in all things.

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  • lex
    March 27, 2013
    7:34 am
     

    Israel and Turkey have too many common interests to get bogged down over the low lifes that support the dispicable folks in charge of Gaza.

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  • Dale
    March 27, 2013
    12:42 am
     

    All is well with Israel. God has everything under His omnipotent control, never doubt it.He’s going to stun the world once more and roll back a few more waters, at it were, in protecting His chosen people. I believe that time is just around the corner. JESUS is returning to earth very soon, folks! ALL IS WELL! He will set everything straight exactly as the Almighty God wants it set!

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  • RONALD
    March 26, 2013
    10:23 pm
     

    LET’S PUT OUR PRIDE ASIDE. ACCEPT IT FOR WHAT IT IS.REALISE THAT IT TOOK GREAT STRENGHT FOR THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO REACH OUT TO THE TURKISH PEOPLE AS A WHOLE. ISRAELI’S LOVE THEIR NEIGHBOURS.

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  • marcia
    March 26, 2013
    5:29 pm
     

    Apologize For What?

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  • Bobby (@TheTruthIsViral)
    March 26, 2013
    5:03 pm
     

    Here’s the correct URL. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbe8VH7ZxXU This vid led Danny Ayalon to subscribe to my show.

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  • Gary
    March 26, 2013
    4:32 pm
     

    Israel doesn’t have any apologize to any one. Just watch your back, don’t trust any body.

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  • Fay
    March 26, 2013
    3:33 pm
     

    Isreal should Not apologize,they did nothing wrongTurky should apologize to Isreal for letting terrist bring weapons to there country.

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    • John
      March 26, 2013
      7:13 pm
       

      All who participated should be charged with 9 counts of 1st degree murder. Murdering unarmed civilians( Woman included) the ultimate act of cowardice

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  • Fay
    March 26, 2013
    3:29 pm
     

    Isreal should Not apologize,they did nothing wrong

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  • dan
    March 26, 2013
    2:32 pm
     

    You are grasping at straws; an apology is an apolgy. S, st times you must put your tail between you legs, for the good of the many.

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  • Loretta
    March 26, 2013
    2:25 pm
     

    I totally agree with this statement. Our nation has turned our back on Israel but, we the people have not. We are just beginning to pay the heavy price for this sin. May God have mercy on us! lp

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  • sophie
    March 26, 2013
    1:37 pm
     

    the press in the usa are slinging the propaganda that obama has made a peace treaty between turkey y israel….obama the great negotiator…ay…vey es me

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  • Richard
    March 26, 2013
    1:31 pm
     

    I am glad to hear that the American press issued a biased and incomplete report, as usual. An apology to the Turkish people who were hurt by their government’s actions is fine with me. I am glad that Obama did not force Israel, as he frequently does, to do something illogical.

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  • Bob
    March 26, 2013
    1:16 pm
     

    Gaza should have never been given away!!! The U.S. should be helping Israel expand to the limits given to Israel by GOD!!!

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  • Susan
    March 26, 2013
    12:53 pm
     

    Israel has NO need to apologize to Turkey or ANY other Nation that tries to bring harm to it! The Israeli Defense Forces are TREMENDOUS men and women! G-d Bless Them! They are today’s ARMY OF GOD!

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  • Judy
    March 26, 2013
    12:35 pm
     

    That President Obama forced Prime Minister Netanyahu to apologize to Turkey for intercepting the Marmara is another example of Obama’s antisemitism, anti-Israel, pro-Islamism positions.

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