Back to anti-Israel stance, Turkey spurns compensation offer
Amid a resurgence of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic rhetoric, Ankara is refusing to accept Israel’s compensation offer for the families of the nine protesters who died in a clash with Israel troops aboard the Turkish Mavi Marmara when the ship tried to bust the Gaza blockade in 2010. Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized for the incident when pressed to do so by US President Obama, for the sake of mending ties between two US allies. DEBKAfile: The Erdogan government reneged on its side of the deal. Ankara has now broken off compensation talks to squeeze Israel further. The Turks claim Israel’s offer of extra gratia payment does not entail admission of wrongdoing and besides, Israel must lift the Gaza embargo.