By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara
Ankara in the most formal way, through the country’s President Abdullah Gul, warns Israel to cease its operations against the Palestinians.
The Turkish President stressed that “Israel takes advantage of the situation and bombards Palestinian through land and sea. It demolishes homes and kills civilians. I call on Israel to stop these attacks. We see that Israel is preparing for ground operations. I declare that it must not do such a thing and I warn them that it will increase the tension and hatred. They must stop the attacks and not make land operations”.
Earlier, the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Ankara’s relations with Tel-Aviv cannot be normalized “as long as the attacks in Gaza continue. This barbarity must stop”. However, the statement by the Turkish Prime Minister is much milder than the ones he had issued in the past.
Erdogan, in May 2013, had announced that he will visit the Gaza Strip. Israel had reacted strongly and had demanded that he cancels the trip. The Turkish Prime Minister postponed the trip every month and after 14 months he still has not visited the Palestinians as they had promised.
Erdogan has intervened in a sensitive territory for Israel in 2010. The humanitarian aid mission of the ship Mavi Marmara towards Gaza had caused the reaction of Israel, which demostrated its determination with the invasion of Israeli commandos on the ship that resulted in the deaths of nine Turks.
Negotiations for a compensation on the part of Israel to the families of the victims continue with the intervention of the U.S.