‘Turkey, Israel held wartime talks’

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“In the Gaza process, it’s true, Israel held discussions with Turkey through foreign ministry and secret service channels,” Davutoglu said in a televised interview on Sunday in Ankara, AFP reported.

He was referring to the eight-day-long Israeli offensives against the Tel Aviv-besieged Gaza Strip that left 166 Palestinians, including many women and children, dead and over 1200 others injured from November 14 to November 21.

Davutoglu stated that the talks did not mean that the two sides had resumed relations that were suspended after Israeli commandos attacked a Turkey-backed aid flotilla, which was carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, in international waters on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turkish human rights campaigners and injuring around 50 others.

“From the Turkish point of view, these kinds of meetings and sometimes the transmission of various messages through intermediaries do not constitute dialogue with Israel,” Davutoglu noted.

In September 2011, Turkey suspended all bilateral military ties and froze diplomatic relations with Israel, reacting to Tel Aviv’s insistence not to apologize over the attack on the flotilla.

The Turkish foreign minister went on to say that if Tel Aviv wants to recommence ties with Ankara, it has to apologize over the bloodshed and pay compensation to the victims’ families.

 

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