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Gül: Gaza siege obstructs resuming normal Turkey-Israel ties
Gül: Gaza siege obstructs resuming normal Turkey-Israel ties
Turkish President Abdullah Gül
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Gaza, ALRAY - Turkish President Abdullah Gül said the Israeli blockade on Gaza is still an obstacle to the normalization of relations between Turkey and (Israel).

Gul explained in an interview with Israeli 'Yediot' newspaper "The Israeli apology to Marmara attack happened a half and a year ago came late, and does not meet all our demands,"

"Aside from the issue of compensation raised by Turkey, there is still another obstacle to normalizing relations which is Turkey's request to remove the siege on the Gaza Strip," he pointed out.

"Negotiations are stuck at this point until now," he added.

In this context, according to Yediot, a senior Turkish political advisor expected no positive change on the Israeli-Turkish relations would emerge as long as the Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains at the head of the Turkish government.

In March 2013, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed a formal apology from Israel over a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla Mavi Marmar that resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and a Turkish American.

Since then Erdoğan set three conditions for restoring ties with Israel: A formal apology for the deadly Israeli raid on May 31, 2010, on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, compensation for families of those killed in the raid and the lifting of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.