MP: Rupture of relations with Turkey leads Israel to strategic blockade

Politics Materials 3 September 2011 10:11
MP: Rupture of relations with Turkey leads Israel to strategic blockade

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.3/ Trend, A. Taghiyeva /

Rupture of relations between Israel and Turkey will harm Israel's interests and may lead Tel Aviv to the strategic blockade, Turkish MP Fevzi Sanverdi believes.

"Severance of relations with Israel will not affect Turkey's position and influence in the region. Israel will lose in this case," Sanverdi told Trend over telephone from Ankara.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel passed on the secondary level. Moreover, Ankara has frozen its military cooperation with Tel Aviv.

Davutoglu said Ankara recalled its ambassador to Tel-Aviv

Davutoglu said that the relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara will not be restored till Israel apologizes to Turkey.

Sanverdi said Turkey gave Israel a fairly long time for an apology, but disagreements within the Israeli government led to the fact that Tel Aviv has lost a strong partner in economic and military terms.

"The Israeli side's response will follow immediately. Whatever it is, Turkey will always be solid for its position," Sanverdi said.

He also stressed that the Turkish city's willingness to restore all the relations with the Israel if Tel Aviv apologizes to Turkey and pays compensation to families of the killed Turkish citizens.

Relations between Turkey and Israel -- two strategic and military partners -- worsened after Israeli naval attacks on the "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31.

Nine Turks fell victim to a confrontation between Israeli soldiers and international human rights activists on the Turkish ship.

Ankara later demanded that Israel issue an official apology, order an independent international investigation, and pay compensation.

There was hope for the restoration of bilateral relations in December last year, when

Turkey sent two aircrafts to help Israel in the fight against Israel's largest forest fire in country's history, which claimed at least 41 lives.

However, later Turkish officials said that Ankara would only restore relations with Israel after a formal apology, which Tel Aviv has refused.