Created on: March 22, 2013
It has been announced on major European TV broadcasts, at the instance of President Barack Obama, Israel at the highest level has issued an apology, or regrets, for the deaths of Turkish participants in 2010 when Israeli naval forces intercepted a ship heading for Gaza to deliver humanitarian supplies. Moreover, it has been reported that the Turkish leadership has accepted the apology, stubbornly refused by the Israelis until this day.
This issue has poisoned the relationship between these two major allies of the US for almost three years, rendering impossible the cooperation between them, the only non-Arab powers in the Middle East, required for meaningful confrontation of the dangers current and threatening in this area of supreme importance to American national security. In combination with yesterday’s news of (1) Obama’s promotion of renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and (2) the cease-fire between the Kurdish militant separatists in southeast Turkey and the Turkish regime, this additional breakthrough is a major triumph for US foreign policy and diplomacy and offers hope for the resolution of several intractable issues, current and future.
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