29 Jul '11, 11am

Israel sees diluted apology to Turkey on ship raid

Israel sees diluted apology to Turkey on ship raid

JERUSALEM - Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak floated a watered-down apology to Turkey on Friday for the killing of nine of its citizens aboard a pro-Palestinian activist ship that tried to run the Gaza Strip blockade. Barak's public proposal appeared aimed at testing the depth of Israel's 13-month impasse with Ankara, and winning over more hawkish members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition who say the onus should be on Turkey to make amends. "We are willing to consider an apology over problems that arose during the operation on the Marmara, if there were any," Barak said from Washington where he discussed the importance of having the two U.S. allies mend ties. "I don't like it, but it's the choice that needs to be," he said in a statement. Turkey, formerly a rare Muslim friend of the Jewish state, has insisted Israel apologise for storming the Mavi Marmara...

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