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Israel deputy PM: Turkey 'rude' to demand apology

Aug. 8, 2011 1:11 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 13, 2011 3:42 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's deputy prime minister on Monday described as "rude" Turkey's demand that Israel apologize for the death of nine Turkish nationals killed in last year's raid on a Gaza bound aid flotilla, Israeli media said.

Speaking to Israeli Radio, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon said "there was a provocation here that the Turkish government is also responsible for."

"It wasn't our side that spoiled relations, and I expect they will not [restore diplomatic relations] even after the apology," Yaalon told the radio station, according to Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post.

Israeli commandos raided a six-ship pro-Palestinian aid flotilla on May 31, 2010 killing nine activists aboard the leading vessel, the Mavi Marmara, and sparking global outrage.

A UN report into the incident has been repeatedly delayed, as ministers try to find a solution to the diplomatic impasse between the two countries.
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