In a press conference held by the Israeli Defense Minister in Switzerland, Ya’alon attacked Erdoğan and stressed that the developing agreement between Israel and Turkey is still far away: “We are willing to reach an agreement, but we also have our own conditions.”
“Not certain that we will reach an agreement,” Ya’alon Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon stated today (Thursday) that it is not certain that Israel will be able to reach an agreement with Turkey, as the Turks refuse to address some of the Israeli conditions.
“I am not certain that we will reach an agreement,” Ya’alon stated during a press conference in Switzerland. “The Turks have to agree to our conditions in order that we overcome the obstacles and reach a political agreement. Turkey is hosting senior-level Hamas officials in Istanbul and we are not willing to accept that. The Turks generally support Hamas through the Muslim Brotherhood and that must be discussed.”
Ya’alon went on to address the circumstances that led to the unstable relationship between Israel and Turkey. “In the past, Turkey and Israel enjoyed a strategic relationship, until Erdoğan was elected in 2002,” he explained. “Since then Israel has not initiated any escalation in relations, and it was Erdoğan and Turkey’s initiative to sabotage the relationship between the two countries.”
“Up until the Marmara incident we tried to settle our disagreements,” Ya’alon added. “I led delegations that tried to reach an agreement but it failed. We tried time and again and recently negotiations were renewed, perhaps because of Turkey’s dispute with Russia and perhaps because of the gas that was promised to the Turks by Russia, which eventually may not be provided – that may be why they approached us. We are willing to reach an agreement, but we also have our own conditions.”