Turkey Threatens to Cut Ties with Israel

Israel must apologize for its attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May or risk losing diplomatic ties with longtime ally Turkey. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu issued the warning over the weekend, saying that Israel should either apologize or allow an international inquiry into the incident that killed nine Turkish volunteers on May 31.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his administration has no plans of apologizing for the attack, which Tel Aviv insists was a legitimate military operation. Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama on Tuesday in Washington, where the two leaders are expected to tackle the shaky relationship between Israel and Turkey.

Davutoglu said Turkey has already put in place a plan of action if Israel does not heed Ankara’s call for apology or international inquiry. One of the measures that Turkey could do is to ban Israeli civilian planes from Turkish airspace, the foreign minister said.