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Israel urges Turkey to avert new aid convoy to Gaza

Jigs

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Israel has urged Turkey not to allow a human-rights organization to dispatch a new aid convoy to Gaza, in a move to avert a repetition of last year’s crisis on the Mavi Marmara aid ship.

“We have explained our views [on the new convoy campaign] to the Turkish government,” Israeli Ambassador to Turkey Gaby Levy told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Tuesday.

Levy gave this message verbally to Halit Çevik, deputy undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, the Daily News has learned.

The ambassador emphasized that Israel has no problem with transporting humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip through legal means, praising the work that Türk Kızılay, the Turkish Red Crescent, is doing there.

“The passages to Gaza are open. There is a greater flexibility on the Israeli side. The quota for 220 trucks cannot even be filled as there is no need for more aid. Under these conditions, such an aid campaign could only be seen as provocation,” Levy said.

Activists plan to send a new flotilla to break the blockade on Gaza by mid-June to commemorate the people who died in last year’s mission and to give a sign to the Palestinians that they have not been forgotten.

Eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent were killed May 31, 2010, in an Israeli commando raid on the vessel Mavi Marmara, which was part of a convoy trying to take humanitarian aid to Gaza. Led by Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation, or İHH, the ships had many Turkish and foreign activists as passengers. The deadly raid strained Turkish-Israeli ties in an unprecedented way and caused Turkey to withdraw its ambassador from Tel Aviv. An international commission to investigate the incident was set up under the auspices of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon but it has not yet released its final report.

The new convoy is set to depart in mid-June, a couple of weeks after the anniversary of the raid, in consideration of the upcoming general elections slated for June 12 in Turkey.

According to Levy, the message to Turkey did not address what Israel’s reaction would be if the new flotilla set sail for Gaza. “However, our position on this case is well known,” he said. “International law permits countries to intervene with ships that could pose a threat to their national security.”

A Turkish diplomat said Israel’s request was noted at the Foreign Ministry without giving a clear reply to the ambassador. “The issue is still being evaluated,” the diplomat said without further elaborating.

Israel launches international campaign

Levy said Israel has also communicated with some other countries from which activists plan to take part in the İHH campaign. Activists from Greece, France, the United States, Ireland and some other European countries have already announced their participation.

Members of some Jewish groups critical of the Israeli government’s polices also plan to be on board.

The ambassador said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also phoned the U.N. secretary-general, asking him to use the international body’s influence to stop the campaign.

Turkey will likely keep a low profile in this year’s flotilla campaign due both to its reluctance to see a new crisis with Israel erupt and to the fact that the İHH and other Turkish civil-society organizations participating in the effort are more closely aligned with the Felicity Party, or SP, and other conservative political parties than with the ruling party.

Optimistic word for bilateral ties

Despite the negative developments, Levy expressed optimism about the future of ties between the two countries due to their historical relationship. “The number of Israeli tourists visiting Turkey has drastically decreased from nearly 500,000 to 120,000. But we are hopeful to mend the ties,” he said.

Underscoring the fact that Kızılay’s office in Israel was working very successfully in supplying humanitarian aid to Gaza, Levy said he had received a letter from the group’s head only days after the flotilla crisis last year. According to Levy, Kızılay’s chief thanked the Israeli government for allowing the group to extend Turkey’s help to the Palestinian people.

Ambassador Levy also cleared up speculations about his term in Turkey, saying that he will return to Israel this fall and will retire from the diplomatic service. He said he had no information about his successor.
 

iPakMan

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Didn`t IHH already say they would wait until the Turkish elections? They are waiting for AKP to get reelected.
Either way, this can`t end well.
 

Jigs

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Didn`t IHH already say they would wait until the Turkish elections? They are waiting for AKP to get reelected.
Either way, this can`t end well.

It will be interesting how the IHH will proceed. The Turkish red crescent seems to be having great success in getting aid to Gaza.

If they are willing to pack people in boats and risk their lives again it should be clear who is to blame at this point.
 

iPakMan

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It will be interesting how the IHH will proceed. The Turkish red crescent seems to be having great success in getting aid to Gaza.

If they are willing to pack people in boats and risk their lives again it should be clear who is to blame at this point.
There is a very big difference between the two groups, one`s only desire is to harm Israel and the other wants to give aid to Gazans.
IHH group`s president stated that he and his men are not afraid to become "martyrs".
"This is not Israel's Mediterranean Sea," Yildrim said, according to Turkish newspaper Zaman. "We are not afraid to become martyrs."
Clearly shows these people`s mentality.
 

silko

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i just think this is stupid and that people with this kind of thoughts just should go throw them self out of a bridge.

if it is a threat yeah they have the right to do it. im not angry on Israel for stopping the flotilla, but i am angry on how they do it!
 

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