Turkey suspends trade, military ties with Israel

Ahram Online, AFP and Reuters, Tuesday 6 Sep 2011

Turkey escalates against Israel, imposing sanctions as relations between the once friendly governments deteriorate

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, (Reuters).

Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey would implement further sanctions against Israel and said that "our ships will be seen more frequently in those waters", referring to the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Turkish Prime Minister said Turkey is “totally suspending” trade, military and defence industry ties with Israel.

The escalation follows Turkish-Israeli antagonism following Turkey’s rejection of the Israeli refusal to apologize against the killing of 9 Turkish citizens aboard the freedom flotilla in 2010.

Turkey’s anger was fuelled further when it rejected the UN Palmer report which investigated the attack on the flotilla on the basis that the Israeli blockade on Gaza was legal.

Further complicating matters, Erdogan said Tuesday he might visit Gaza, adding that no final decision had been made yet.

"We are talking with the Egyptians on this matter (...) A trip to Gaza is not finalized yet", Erdogan, who is due to visit Egypt next week, told reporters.

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