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May 29, 2012

Desertpeace

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Admission of guilt or whitewash?
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According to sources in the Turkish foreign ministry who spoke to the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, Israel had not presented the offer to them directly. The source said that the principle of damages was accepted by Turkey but the obstacle was Israel’s admission of guilt which Turkey insists upon.

“Israel is opposed to declaring publicly that it apologises and Turkey is not prepared to accept a wording of regret that does not include taking responsibility, that is required in an expression of apology,” the sources said.

Mark Regev, the spokesman for Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, declined to comment.

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The following report appeared in the Guardian a few days ago as well as THIS IBA News Bulletin which appeared on their Internet site.
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Israel offers compensation to Mavi Marmara flotilla raid victims

£4m paid to Jewish foundation in Turkey…

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