March 22nd, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Israel apologizes to Turkey over flotilla raid

[Updated at 2 p.m. ET] Israel has amended its statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan over the 2010 Israeli commando attack that killed nine people on a Gaza-bound flotilla. The new statement removes a previous mention of Netanyahu and Erdogan agreeing to normalize relations between the two countries and dispatch ambassadors.

[Updated at 12:46 p.m. ET] Israel and Turkey also have decided to normalize their fractured diplomatic ties, agreeing to return ambassadors to their posts, the office of Israel's prime minister said Friday in a statement confirming the flotilla raid apology.

[Posted at 11:28 a.m. ET] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan on Friday to apologize for an Israeli commando raid in 2010 on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed eight Turks, two U.S. senior administration officials told reporters traveling with President Barack Obama in the Middle East.

Netanyahu made the call during an airport meeting with Obama before the U.S. president departed Israel after his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office in 2009.

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  1. taseronify

    Israel should also apology to Palestine and should return the land that is illegally occupied, if they are sincere in their apology.

    March 24, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. taseronify

    They don't care about the dead Turks. All they care is the chemical weapons in Syria going to be claimed by hisbullah.

    If there is something called Karma, Israel will pay for the crimes.
    Chemical or nuclear, Israel will soon get it.
    Resistance is futile.

    March 24, 2013 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. taseronify

    Israel in Middle East is like humans trying to terraforming in Sun.
    Jews can't live in peace in a state in Middle East.
    That is 1+1=2

    First place, they should claim the `promised lands` on moon. That's easier than Middle East.

    March 24, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. taseronify

    Netanyahu apology update:

    "We are sorry that we claimed a spot on Middle East as "promised lands". It was a fatal mistake. We decided to update our claim and declare Mare Erythraeum on Mars as our new `promised lands`. It will be easier for us to occupy there. Sorry for the inconvenience. Shalom!"

    March 24, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    Turkey should apologize to Armenia first.

    March 24, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    In diplomacy, such apologies are meaningless - those are just words. Netanyahu's apology to Turkey seems similar to the one offered by Clinton to Pakistan. Soon after the apology, BOOM. Drones continue to do the job in Pakistan.
    I hope Netanyahu continues to build more settlements to drive out terrorists from Israel.

    March 24, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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