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Turkey ups the ante on Israel over Gaza flotilla incident

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Turkey has told Israel that it will break diplomatic ties unless Israel either apologizes for or accepts an international probe into the May 31 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turks and one dual nationality Turkish-American.

The statement ratchets up the pressure in a diplomatic stand-off that shows no signs of ending soon.

Turkey's foreign minister Ahmet Davutoğlu delivered the ultimatum to an Israeli official in talks last week in Europe, then told the Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review in an interview published Monday.

“We showed them an exit road. If they apologize as a result of their own investigation’s conclusion, that would be fine for us. But of course we first have to see it,” he said.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that Israel would neither apologize to Turkey nor compensate the victims of the Mavi Marmara. “Then the ties will never be repaired,” Davutoğlu said in response to Netanyahu’s remarks.


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