Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:12PM
The UK government is leading efforts to mend ties between the Israeli regime and Turkey based on a US-led initiative to repair relation between the Turkish government and the Zionist entity. For a long time, the United States has been trying to restore full diplomatic ties between the Israeli regime and the Turkish government, which only a few years ago were classed as strategic allies. Last week, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta raised the issue in his talks in Tel Aviv and it will come up again this weekend as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visits Ankara. The British government had been involved in the mediation efforts at the highest level with Prime Minister David Cameron passing on a personal message from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyep Erdogan when he visited London two weeks ago for the London Olympics opening ceremony. “Britain is the only senior member of the EU with relatively close ties to the Turkish government. Unlike the French and the Germans, the British government was not opposed to Turkey joining the EU”, said a diplomat in Tel Aviv. The relations between the Turkish government and the Zionist entity badly soured when Erdogan harshly slammed Israeli authorities for invading the Gaza Strip three years ago. Meanwhile, Turkish authorities were involved in organising a flotilla of humanitarian ships to Gaza two years ago, in which nine Turkish activists were killed when Israeli naval commandos boarded the Turkish-flagged Mavi Marmara ferry. MOL/AS/HE