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Turkey Rejects Payment, Apology for Terrorist Deaths

Yet again, Ankara rejects Israeli apology for 2010 attack on IDF soldiers
Humanitarian activists prepare weapons on the deck of the Mavi Marmara

Humanitarian activists prepare weapons on the deck of the Mavi Marmara

A Turkish terror group has called on Ankara to reject an Israeli offer of compensation for killing terrorists, and has also called on the government in Ankara to reject Israel’s plea for forgiveness for the attack on Israeli Navy Seals in 2010. 

Ugur Suleyman Soylemez, 59, died on Shabbat, becoming the tenth fatality of the poorly-advised attack by humanitarian activists as IDF sailors enforced Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Soylemez was a member of Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a terror group that had been en route to Gaza to provide Hamas terrorists with moral support and raw materials for the latters’ war against Israeli civilians. 

The deceased was part of a lynch mob that attacked with metal rods, knives and possibly guns as they boarded the ship the soldiers as they boarded the vessel, forcing the Israelis to lethal force to defend themselves. Following the incident, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador to Ankara and essentially froze once-close diplomatic relations. 

Since then, Israel has pleaded with Ankara to repair ties. Jerusalem offered an official apology for the incident last year, and has offered millions of dollars in “compensation” to the families of the Marmarra terrorists. But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused the offers. Reports over the years have indicated that Israel and Turkey have agreed to settlement terms several times, but that Turkey has realised the bar for reconciliation at the last minute. 
 

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15 Responses to “Turkey Rejects Payment, Apology for Terrorist Deaths”

  1. Nothing for Israel to apologise for, they ran a blockade, assaulted the Israel’s who came aboard. That’s the price you pay. So No apologies

  2. Why does the persecuted party offer payment to the persecutor? Payment to Islam to have some peace is a blackmail Islam often demanded. Islam refuses the tax when it wants to torment.

  3. Let Turkey get and eat sh-t. These were terrorists that attacked the Seals and one Seal was gutted and nearly killed.There were arms aboard their ship so Israel has to beg back? Tell Erdogan and his Islamist scum to take a hike. Turkey needs Israel,a lot more than Israel needs Turkey. Tourists can stay in Israel as well.

  4. Reyna Cohen says:

    You don’t apologies to terrorist

  5. Basha Kline says:

    There should never even have been the remotest chance of an apology. Jews never received an apology for the resuscitated medeival blood libel by the Turks which led to torture, enforced conversion to Islam and/or murder of many Jews around 1840 – Still awaiting an apology for at least that situation, let alone settlements.

  6. Israel — FORGET TURKEY — if they are going to force you to stick your heard between your legs ! You did the right thing the wrong way but you did defend your Country. They need you more than you need them. Erdogan is a commited racist – let him go.

  7. There’s no point in apologizing to people who want to destroy us. History has proven again and again that pacifying our enemies only provides them with more ammunition to destroy us; it does not promote peace.

  8. Ida Wax says:

    No apology is warrented. The money Israel offered Turkey can be used
    To help the poor in Israel instead. It will serve a much better purpose

  9. Robin Rosenblatt says:

    Paying Turkey for killing us. Is Israel out of its mind?

  10. Sarah Williams says:

    OK, enough with this farce — first they say they'll accept, then they say no, then they hint they will, now they slap us in the face. Forget it!! Keep the money, tell them to stuff it, and send our natural gas to Greece instead of Turkey (or China, or India or anyone EXCEPT Turkey).

  11. Anonymous says:

    Jews should stop using Turkish Airlines to fly to Israel so they can save a few dollars. It may create a hardship for the travelers but they won't be supporting Turkey. It's the equivalent of Jews giving financial support to Hamas.

  12. Judith Dowla says:

    There is a time for Israel to remain silent on some matters in this world of ours. This may be one.

  13. To begin with it was dead wrong to apologies to the Islamist country of Erdogan second they were all terrorist who came to challenge our law and order, and to kill the IDF. and they should pay Israel for the damage the caused and injury to at least one IDF who spent some time in the Hospital, apology was a big mistake and Bibi was forced by Obama to apologies, and I believe Turkey need Israel more than Israel need Turkey!

  14. Yechiel Baum says:

    Turkey should be paying Israel and not the other way around.
    turks have no value!

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