Israel's largest daily newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, reported on Wednesday that the Obama Administration is threatening Israel to either apologize to Turkey over its bloody interception of a Gaza aid flotilla last year, or risk strained ties with Washington.Several Israeli commandos were injured in this raid and one nearly disemboweled. Israel has nothing to apologize for, and though I'm not one for American presidents apologizing to foreign countries, our next president will have to apologize to Israel for allowing someone like Obama to be president and threaten their sovereignty.
Israeli diplomats in Washington told the newspaper that they had received a communique from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insisting that the rift between Israel and Turkey was harming American interests in the region, such as affecting regime change in neighboring Syria.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demands that Israel publicly apologize for intercepting a May 2010 "humanitarian aid" flotilla that tried to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. The flotilla had set sail from Turkey, and nine Turkish nationals were killed when they and others aboard the largest ship, the Mavi Marmara, attacked the Israeli boarding party.
Erdogan called the operation an act of piracy. And even though Washington and other Western powers agree with Israel that the Gaza blockade is legal and legitimate, the Obama Administration has decided that it is more politically expedient to simply have Israel meet Erdogan's unreasonable demands (as if that won't have any long-term negative consequences).
By the way, Israel won't apologize. As soon as they did there'd be 10 more flotillas trying to get to Gaza.
UPDATE: There were several terror attacks in Israel today. Israel struck back in Gaza and killed a senior Palestinian militant and several of his comrades.