It’s not every day that Israel apologizes to a foreign power. Its apology to Turkey is even more significant because it came from Benjamin Netanyahu. For three years he had refused to concede Turkey’s three demands: an apology for killing nine people in international waters on a Turkish ship on a humanitarian voyage to Gaza; compensation to the families of the victims; and an easing of the Gaza blockade, the aim of the civilian flotilla.
He has done all three — under pressure from Barack Obama, whom he had clashed with and hoped to see defeated in last year’s election.
Making up with both Obama and Turkey is in Israel’s interest.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, no slouch in stubbornness, has welcomed the move, clearing the way for a resumption of bilateral relations.
The delay in mending fences was not all Netanyahu’s fault. There were greater forces at work.
You might want to tone it down a bit, Harpoon. Your triumphalism is showing.The West is not used to dealing with a Muslim leader like Erdogan...