Israel's military attaché refuses to leave Turkish capital

Asked whether it was true that Israel's military attaché has refused to leave Ankara, Erdogan said, "it is true."

Israel's military attaché refuses to leave Turkish capital

Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Egyptian Al-Shuruq newspaper, the first stop of his tour covering Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.

Commenting on Palmer Report of UN inquiry panel about Israel's attack on Mavi Marmara aid ship, Erdogan said, "the report is worthless; it was released by a non-objective source."

The report said Israel's interception of the vessels was "excessive and unreasonable," while the flotilla acted "recklessly" in attempting to breach the naval blockade. It also said the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza was "legal".

On May 31, 2010, Israeli commandos raided a humanitarian aid flotilla heading for Gaza, killing nine Turkish nationals one of whom was a U.S. citizen.

The United Nations established an inquiry panel to examine the incident. The UN panel's long-awaited "Palmer Report" was handed over to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on September 2.

Erdogan said that the report legitimized Gaza blockade and opened a door to occupation, adding that Turkey would not accept this.

Noting that Turkey clearly expressed its demands after Israel attacked Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara aid ship, Erdogan said, "we expected Israel to make a formal apology, pay a certain compensation to the families of the victims and to end its blockade over Gaza."

However, they did not take our words seriously, said Erdogan adding, "Israel regards itself as above the law. It thinks it is exempt from all its mistakes and crimes. Israel destroyed the region like a spoiled child."

Asked whether it was true that Israel's military attaché has refused to leave Ankara, Erdogan said, "it is true, but we will make him leave by diplomatic means, because downgrading the diplomatic mission also includes the military attaché."

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