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Turkish-Israeli relations plummet; Turkey pledges to escort aid convoys to Gaza


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Turkish warships will escort Gaza aid vessels, pledges Turkish PM | World news | The Guardian

Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has announced.


His comments came after Turkey's ruling party said the country's ties to Israel could be normalised if the Jewish state apologised for the killing of nine pro-Palestinian activists last year and accepted it should pay compensation to their families.


Turkey has since expelled senior Israeli diplomats, cut military ties with the country, pledged to lobby other nations in support of the Palestinians' statehood bid at the UN later this month and promised increased Turkish naval patrols in the Mediterranean.
While general international opinion has turned against Israel and its actions in Gaza, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, the Palestinians really need a player in the region willing to flex its muscles and play hardball and support them in the same way the United States supports Israel. Because the flotilla raid last year was on a Turkish ship filled with many Turkish citizens, this appears to have angered them enough to get them on their feet and ready to be aggressive.
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