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. saywhat

    There is no hamas presence in Turkey. Turkey has been working closely both with US & Israel on intelligence and military affairs.
    very reason Israel wants that relationship to continue.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • taseronify

      There is no Hamas on Mars. Israel should move their `promised land` to a Martian region.
      They should start with an apology to Palestine for the 2000 dead kids.

      March 24, 2013 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    And yes on the flotilla passengers included nobel peace prize winner Mairead Corrington, ex UN Asst Secy. gen Edward Peck,US ambassador to Iraq Yildrim.
    to claim that hamas had a presence is ridiculous, even Israel did not make that claim.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      YES, they did. Again, research before you comment.

      March 23, 2013 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Turkey is an extremely important US ally strategically and a member of NATO, we simply cannot afford to lose that ally in the region when we are fast losing our credibility and our influence continues waning. Israeli acts of state terrorism jeopardised that relationship.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phylip H Rees

      Yes Turkey is an extremely important ally, but so is Israel and I for one find the statement of " Israel sponsored terrorism " to be extremely offensive. Israel is standing in the breach against fundamental Islam and the West. As a none Jews I find it amazing how much restraint they show against the Arab states. As for what is happening to the Palestinians; does anyone think that Israel should allow their terrorist to rain down missiles on Israel with impunity. Those terrorist don't care about the suffering they are bringing to their own people; rather, they are only interested with the destruction of Israel.

      March 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awabnavi

      "Israel is standing in the breach against fundamental Islam and the West." - What a FANTASTICALLY EXAGGERATED statement. LOL!

      March 23, 2013 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Have a good one, friends.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Good day @ saywhat and disregard my previous comment; I spoke too soon.

    March 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big Shiz

    They better apologize

    March 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    @ Phylip H Rees, Israel missiles have garnered a larger body count by far. Check your facts on how many Palestinians bodies have dropped verses Israelis.

    March 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Why should Israel be penalized for winning the fight?

      March 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GulpOff

    Well, that's a first (apology) for Israel!

    March 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BOMBO

    I hope you stick around Phylip. Some of these folks don't get logic. It's refreshing to see someone who does.

    March 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    Just so you know saywhat, Phylip is not the only one to take offense at you comment that Israel is a terrorist regime. I routinely hit report abuse every time you say it.

    March 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Facts are hard to swallow @ BOMBO
      But saywhat knows what he's talking about. Not to say that I haven't found some of your posts to be very informative; yet, you can't be right on every account.

      March 23, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      Saywhat is biased one way. Bombo is biased the other way. Somewhere in the middle is the truth. Neither side is blameless. Both sides are guilty. Facts are hard to swallow.

      March 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    Israel does NOT target civilians.

    March 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Awabnavi

      Israel only causes COLLATERAL DAMAGE like its stepfather the USA.

      March 23, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO

    Hamas DOES.

    March 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Awabnavi

    In the return for the APOLOGY Turkey is required to appear unaware that Israel used its airspace to attack Iran.

    March 23, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hulot

    Obama should get Turkey to apologize to Armenians for the Armenian Genocide.

    March 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • taseronify

      Jews can't live in peace in a state in Middle East. That is 1+1=2
      A jewish-only state in Middle East is like humans trying to terraform Sun.
      Plus, that spot is a sacred place for muslims. It's like a colony on sun that is going supernova.

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

      March 24, 2013 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. kafantaris2

    Netanyahu did the right thing in apologizing to Turkey. But he should move forward and stop talking about it. So should Erdogan. Otherwise they risk undoing the reset the apology has afforded both nations.

    March 24, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
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