Politics

Turkey ignored flotilla warnings, Israel PM says

By Andy Rice 9 August 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, testifying before a state-appointed inquiry, said his office had been in diplomatic talks with the Turkish government, to try and avoid confrontation with the Marmara flotilla, but that those warnings and appeals had been ignored by the Turkish government many days before the fatal May 31st clash. He said that it had been made explicitly clear to the Turkish government that the Israeli blockade of the Gaza strip would not be breached, and ultimately, the Turkish government had failed to prevent the flotilla from violating the naval blockade. It looks like Netanyahu may be trying deflect blame onto the Turkish government ahead of the UN-appointed inquiry into the raid that left nine Turkish activists dead. Read more: Reuters

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