Turkish diplomat warns break with Israel possible


Turkish diplomat warns break with Israel possible

Turkey’s ambassador to Washington is warning that his country could be forced to break off relations with Israel unless it apologizes for the deadly commando raid against an aid ship.

In a meeting with reporters Friday, Namik Tan outlined three Turkish demands on Israel including a public apology. He said that Israel must also accept a credible independent investigation of the raid and end its blockade against Gaza.

When asked if Turkey might break off relations, Tan cited the high emotions of the Turkish public about the raid.

He said: “We don’t want this to go to that point.” But he added: “The government might be forced to take such an action.”

Tan said Turkey has been a friend to Israel, adding: “It is about to lose that friend.”

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