World Bulletin / News Desk
Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel would not apologize to Turkey for May 31 Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid convoy in which Israeli commandos killed eight Turks and an American of Turkish origin.
In an interview with Israeli public television, Netanyahu claimed that heavily armed Israeli soldiers were almost "lynched" by peace activists, Anadolu agency said.
Netanyahu also ruled out any possibility of compensation for victims of the ship raid and said, "however, we regret the loss of life."
On Wednesday's meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Industry & Trade Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer, Netanyahu said he told his minister to "go and meet Davutoglu" when he was told about the possibility of such a meeting.
Netanyahu said the important thing was the meeting itself, adding that the good thing for Israel and Turkey was efforts to avoid further harm in relations.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has considered the Israeli attack as an act of tyranny not only for the citizens of Turkey or other countries but also for the whole humanity.
The Turkish state and people reacted harshly to Israel's attack and this incident was condemned in all corners of the world, he said.
Turkey set four conditions to Israel to strain the relations: Israel should apologize for the May 31 commando raid on the Turkish ship that was part of the flotilla taking humanitarian aid to Gaza; it should pay compensation to the families of the 10 people killed in the raid, nine Turks and one Turkish-American; it should agree to an international probe, as called for by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon into the incident (as opposed to an Israeli inquiry); and it should lift its embargo on the Gaza Strip."