Though Turkish government officials have, for months, been calling for Israel to apologize for their involvement in a May 31 military raid that left nine Turkish activists dead, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out the possibility, according to new reports (See here, here and here) this afternoon.
Such a stance should not surprise anyone, especially when one considers that even Turkish citizens living in Israel protested against their own government’s involvement in the so-called “aid flotilla” incident which seemed to be aimed at stirring tensions in the Gaza Strip.
A Bob McCarty Writes stringer captured exclusive video footage (above) as well as still images (below) showing Turkish citizens protesting outside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv immediately following the incident.
UPDATE 12/28/10 at 9:02 a.m. Central: My stringer in Tel Aviv sent me photos (see one below) of a new protest that took place outside the Turkish Embassy yesterday. According to the Jerusalem Post, some 800 employees of a Turkish construction company operating in Israel are upset with their government, fearful that a failure to renew a trade agreement between Israel and Turkey will cost them their jobs.
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