The recent flotilla incident is the culmination of a steep decline in Israeli-Turkish relations that started with the Gaza war in 2008 and 2009. Relations between these two countries, after reaching a high point in the late 1990s and early 2000s, are now beyond repair, and it will probably take the better part of a decade for them to be resuscitated.
The relationship between Turkey and Israel, once regional allies, incurred irreparable damage from the Israeli offensive, but hopes are rising that the incident could lead to the removal of the blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza. Diplomatic observers say the first thing that should be done is to carry out a credible, impartial investigation into the deaths
In a declaration signed by the Parliamentary Group Chairs, the Turkish Parliament condemns the Israeli attack on aid ships for Gaza. The declaration demands a review of Turkish-Israeli relations, an international investigation, an official apology and compensation payments.
Funeral prayers are held in Istanbul for eight of the nine people killed on a Gaza aid flotilla as families around the country mourn their dead. At least three activists are still missing, the group that organized the flotilla says, vowing to send larger convoys to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip
466 people who had been detained by Israel after an attack on aid ships heading for Gaza have arrived in Turkey. The bodies of 9 people who were killed in the attack were brought to Istanbul, all of them are of Turkish nationality. 17 injured activists are in Ankara.
Turkey?s military ties with Israel have not been hindered by the ongoing tension over Israel?s killing of civilians on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. Defense Minister Vecdi Gönül says there are no large-scale joint projects, but ongoing programs with Israeli defense companies are worth hundreds of millions of dollars and will continue. In another development, Turkey has suspended all state water and energy projects with Israel
The cargo of Mavi Marmara ship, which was confiscated by the Israeli authorities while carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza, included toys and footballs.
The following account of a Brazilian who was on the passenger ship that was attacked by Israel may be regarded as an evidence that Israeli commandos had deliberately killed some of the activists, possibly according to an assassination plan:
Turkey rightly distinguished between the Israeli people and the current Benjamin Netanyahu government when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan leveled unprecedented criticism at the deadly raid by Israeli commandos on a Turkish flagged aid ship early Monday morning.
It will not simply take countless ?one minutes? to bring Israel?s government back into the fold of reliable and respected political actors but much more than that: Turkey?s current government is faced with having to make a number of extremely difficult, highly politically sensitive decisions.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan eased the minds of those who were greatly overwhelmed by an Israeli attack on an international aid convoy with a fearless speech he delivered at a meeting of his party?s parliamentary group earlier this week.
The Turkish rights organization Küresel BAK demands to end the bilateral military agreement between Turkey and Israel after the recent Israeli attack on aid ships. The military co-operation between both countries is worth billions of dollars.
In a very thought-provoking piece in Foreign Policy, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Steven Cook suggests that along with the Turkish-Israeli relationship, another victim from Monday’s Gaza flotilla fiasco might be the long-standing Turkish-American alliance. From Cook’s piece: