The Times Of Israel: “In particular Netanyahu was concerned about criticism of the $20 million claim because he refused to pay out half that amount three years ago as part of an initial Turkish compensation plan, Army Radio reported.
Meanwhile, as Netanyahu mulled over the draft agreement, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan upped the stakes on Tuesday by stipulating that Israel also lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip before he would agree to a détente.”
Opinion: We have rehashed the 2010 Mavi Marmara Flotilla incident dozens of times. That Israel would compensate even one penny for Turkey’s act of aggression is unconscionable, trade deal notwithstanding.
Turkey’s attempt to stop the Gaza blockade is a veiled effort to open up the smuggling of weapons and rockets to Gaza. No humanitarian aid is ever withheld. The proof of the deception is the more than 14,000 rockets lobbed into Israel since the failed land for peace deal of 2005.
The key to the extortion attempt came in 2012. While in Israel, President Obama convinced Prime Minister Netanyahu to a phone apology to PM Erdogan for Turkey’s act of aggression. Who has ever heard of such insanity?