Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced his country's readiness to engage in a conflict with Israel, in the case it becomes 'necessary.'
In an interview with Charlie Rose, when Erdogan was asked if he saw the Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine Turkish nationals as “a cause of war,” -- as the premier had earlier said -- Erdogan said “we will do that too if it becomes necessary,” Turkey's Vatan
newspaper reported on Thursday.
“As you know, Israel attacked three ships, one of which carried over 400 people from 33 countries, in international waters from sea and air. Such an attack in international waters is against international law,” Erdogan noted.
The Turkish premier reiterated that Israel should apologize to Turkey for the attack and pay compensation to the families of the victims.
Asked about earlier remark that “Israel is a spoiled child,” Erdogan said, “Israel is West's spoiled child. I still say the same thing.”