Israel's Defense Ministry: Israeli military attaché not to leave Turkey
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.6 / Trend
Head of Information and Analytical Department of the Israeli Defense Ministry Amos Gilad said despite the deterioration of the Israeli-Turkish relations, the Israeli military attaché will not leave Turkey, the "Anadolu" news agency reported.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sept. 2 the diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel passed on the secondary level. Moreover, Ankara has frozen its military cooperation with Tel Aviv.
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.
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.