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. BOMBO

    Bibi never would have made this call if Obama hadn't ordered him. Who still thinks Israel controls the US gov?

    Now, when will Turkey apologize to Israel for supporting Hamas presence on that ship? Never.

    March 22, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Wrong on both accounts@Bombo.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Please explain.

      March 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Visit to Israel " All embrace, no pressure, no insistence, no initiative".
    Great job done.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Presence of hamas on the peace flotilla?
    You insult the Jews who were on that flotilla along with peace activists from US & Europe my friend.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Another blocked comment. I'll break it up. Most of the passengers were Turks.

      March 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Only one ship in the flotilla was a problem.

      March 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Hamas is active in Turkey.

      March 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    On Turkey , netanyahu has been trying for patching up things with Turkey eversince that murderous raid on the peace flotilla .Its in his interest. Be it Turkey, illegal settlements, peace process that regime has always scoffed at our timid efforts at getting them on the right side of the law and int. community.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    comments not getting thru.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO

    OK, CNN blocks my attempts to say that the Turkish PM embraces Hamas.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      But check his previous statements, he does, in direct conflict with the official EU position.

      March 22, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ Saywhat and BOMBO, If you're having trouble getting comments to post try another trick, go to the first story and resume your convo.

    March 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I doesn't appear that saywhat can use the reply button directly.

      March 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Hi folks. Thanks for helping me out here.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    It appears they're on to me, (Cnn) I just tried to reply to chrissy on another blog and my comment got blocked.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    There were 688 passengers on three passenger ships from 41 countries including 4 from US, one American was also killed other three ships carried hunmanitarian aid and construction material to break Israeli-Egypt blockade of gaza.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mary

    Yep, Yet I not being blocked on this one 😉

    March 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Will try again.
    There were 688 passengers on three passenger ships from 41 countries including 4 from US, one American was also killed other three ships carried hunmanitarian aid and construction material to break Israeli-Egypt blockade of gaza.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Let us see if this goes thru..
    There were 688 passengers on three passenger ships from 41 countries including 4 from US, one American was also killed other three ships carried hunmanitarian aid and construction material to break Israeli-Egypt blockade of gaza.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    Thanks banasy, I still can see his comment to me if he makes one to me
    Morning saywhat, Who this Israeli-Egypt blockade of gaza to be done?

    March 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
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