The New York Times reports that
Israel refused to apologize to Turkey because the cabinet was convinced
that any apology would be deemed insufficient anyway.
Why in the hell was Israel even considering that bullshit apology has me pondering.
Israeli official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said the
Turks kept adding conditions for a reconciliation, raising uncertainty
in Mr. Netanyahu’s government over whether they were sincere and whether
they would consider the case closed even if a deal were reached.
As a result, Israel’s security cabinet refused on Wednesday to endorse a
package of understandings with Turkey that would have included an
Israeli apology for any operational errors during the commando raid and
agreement to pay into a compensation fund for the victims in return for a
Turkish commitment not to pursue legal action against Israeli soldiers.
But Turkey also wanted the impending United Nations report shelved and
added the demand to lift the blockade on Gaza, according to the Israeli
“This was a red light,” he said. “It made us realize that whatever we
agree on, the Turkish government may not feel committed to the
He added, “Most cabinet members who were not opposed to the indirect
apology in the deal now felt on uncertain ground about what Israel would
get in return.”
The Palmer Commission report is speculated to be relatively pro-Israel...er kind of.
Turkey is keen to bury the report, because while far from being a
pro-Israel document, by upholding the legality of the blockade it places
some of the responsibility for the flotilla fiasco on Turkey’s
which is why it is so
important to the Turks to suppress it. From Israel's viewpoint, that's a
reason why the report ought to be publicized.
The NYTimes says:
Turkey is said to object to the draft conclusions of the United Nations
report, Israeli officials who have seen the draft consider much of it
favorable to Israel.
They say that the report has concluded that Israel’s naval blockade of
Gaza and its enforcement, even in international waters, is legitimate
and that the report is severely critical of the organizers of the 2010
flotilla. At the same time, the Israelis say, the report criticizes
Israel for having used excessive force during the raid.
How could Israel have the ability to stop a United Nations report? It does not appear that Israel has a lot of pull in the general council. Why would Israel be responsible for this and what in the hell does Israel's apology have to do with a fact finding report?