A voice of peace for Israel and Turkey

ON MAY 31 OF THIS YEAR, Israeli naval forces stormed the Turkish flagship of a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters, killing nine activists on board. In the aftermath of this incident, bilateral ties between Israel and Turkey, its longtime sole Muslim ally, were shattered. Israel maintained that it had acted in self-defense to prevent weapons and military supplies from being delivered to Hamas-run Gaza, and that it would not agree to an international investigation by the United Nations. It would make its own investigation into what had actually happened on the flagship of the "Freedom Flotilla" that day.

Turkey argued that only an impartial international investigation into the incident would reveal the truth. It also stated that Israel must apologize for the raid, pay compensation to the victims, and lift the blockade on Gaza in order for the bilateral ties to be restored.

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