'No Israel apology, no war crimes trials on Turkish ship raid'

No Israel apology, no war crimes trials on Turkish ship raid: Netanyahu

'No Israel apology, no war crimes trials on Turkish ship raid'

Israel will not apologise to Turkey for a May raid on a Turkish-led aid convoy that killed nine Turkish activists in international waters, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

"They (Turkey) want an apology and we of course do not want to apologise. We are prepared to express regret, as we have, on the loss of life etc," he said in an interview on Israel's Channel 10 television, his first public comments on the talks.

"We want one thing: Foremost to protect our soldiers and our commannders ... that there will be Turkish recognition that Israel did not act with malice aforethought and that Israel's soldiers acted in self defence," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu added that it was important to protect the Israeli marines who stormed the ship from facing possible war crimes trials.

Israel's relations with Turkey plummeted after Israeli soldiers stormed the Mavi Marmara ship on May 31, part of an international aid convoy trying to bring aid supplies to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu broke his silence after his coalition partner, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, also refused to do so over Turkey's demand that Israel apologise for the killing of its nine citizens aboard the aid ship in international waters.

"I'm sorry to say a redeeming compromise formula still has not been found. We are continuing to try but public talk on this matter does not help," Netanyahu said.

Turkey has demanded that Israel formally apologise for the muders of the activists. Envoys of the two countries met in Geneva earlier this month for rapprochement talks.


Agencies


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mehmet - 10 yıl Before

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