Israel insists no apology despite Turkey sanctions

The Israeli statement reiterated that Israel "regretted" the loss of life on the Mavi Marmara, but repeated its refusal to issue a formal apology to victims.

Israel insists no apology despite Turkey sanctions

Israel said it welcomed the report by a U.N. panel which looked into its 2010 deadly raid of the Turkish aid boat, the Mavi Marmara, which was trying to break the Israeli siege of Gaza.

The approval comes after Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended military agreements.

Turkey's announcement came the day after a UN-mandated inquiry into the deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish-led aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010 said Israel's action was "excessive," according to extracts published Thursday by the New York Times. But, the report, which has not yet been officially released due to Israel request to delay it according to Turkey, said however that Israel's blockade of Gaza is "legal".

The Israeli statement reiterated that Israel "regretted" the loss of life on the Mavi Marmara, but repeated its refusal to issue a formal apology to victims.

"Israel recognizes the importance of the historical ties in the past and present between the Jewish and Turkish peoples," the official Israeli statement added.

Israeli troops killed eight Turkish activists and an American of Turkish descent in the May 31, 2010 raid "in international waters."

The Turkish foreign minister said on Friday that Turkey would "take all measures which it sees as necessary for freedom of navigation in the eastern Mediterranean".

He did not elaborate.

Details of the report has been recently leaked to the press as U.S. daily New York Times obtained a copy of the document. Turkish FM Davutoglu described the incident as "a lack of seriousness".

Agencies

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