Turkish billboards: “Israel apologized to Turkey. Dear prime minister, we are grateful that you let our country experience this pride.”
Here is more indication that this apology was a disaster for Israel — one that will cause it untold problems when it tries to defend itself in the future.
“Billboards in Ankara: ‘Israel apologized, thank you Erdogan,'” from Ynet News, March 25 (thanks to Joshua):
Large billboards were put up by the Ankara municipality on Monday to thank Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan following Israel’s apology for the deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound ship.”Israel apologized to Turkey. Dear prime minister, we are grateful that you let our country experience this pride,” the billboards read.
Israel and Turkey began talks Monday on compensation for the families of victims of the raid, for which the Jewish state apologized last week, ending a near three-year diplomatic rift.
“Officials delegated by the two sides will work on the compensation issue. We gave the kickstart for it today,” Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.
Ties between Israel and Turkey plummeted in May 2010 when Israeli commandos staged a pre-dawn raid on a six-ship flotilla to the Gaza Strip, killing nine Turkish nationals.
The assault triggered an international outcry and a bitter diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel, with Ankara demanding a formal apology and compensation for the families of the victims.
Until last week, Israel had refused. But on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the raid – a breakthrough brokered by US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Jewish state.
“This is a big success of Turkish foreign policy,” Arinc said….