Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being racist and becoming a state based on apartheid, following passing Nation State Bill.
Court issued a lien on two large ships that are part of a Gaza-bound flotilla set to arrive in Israeli waters later this month, with the intent that the sea vessels can be sold, with proceeds going to families of Israeli victims of Hamas-sponsored terrorist attacks.
‘Hamas treats this like a play being acted out for a live media audience,’ said Trump’s Mideast envoy, Jason Greenblatt.
Turkey has also recalled its ambassadors to Israel and the United States over recent escalations in Gaza.
Co-founder and spokesperson of the Free Gaza Movement Greta Berlin argued that Israeli troops did not open fire until after Ken O’Keefe, a former U.S. Marine aboard the Mavi Marmara, wrested a gun from one of the soldiers.
Nicaragua broke off relations with Israel in 2010 in protest of the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident.
Israel appointed 53-year-old Eitan Na’eh on Tuesday as the ambassador to Turkey, the first appointment since the reconciliation agreement was signed in June.
The Turkish parliament on Friday night approved a deal for Israel to pay $20 million to the families of Turkish participants who were killed in the 2010 Gaza flotilla flagship Mavi Marmara incident.
“It isn’t worth waiting on the prime minister’s promises,” said Shaul. “He always promises and I am constantly disappointed.”
“Israel has reached a strategic agreement of immense importance for Israel’s economic and security interests now and in the future,” said Netanyahu.