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Wednesday, July 27, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Adm Mullen urges Israel to apologize to Turkey

WASHINGTON — The United States is pressing Israel to concede to Turkish demands for a reconciliation.


Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has sent envoys to Israel to urge it to accept Turkish demands for a reconciliation. The demands included an Israeli apology and compensation for the killing of eight Turks on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May 2010.

"But I think the importance of the relationship, certainly between Turkey and Israel, as well as the United States and Turkey and the United States and Israel, is critical in that region," U.S. Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

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In a briefing on July 25, Mullen said he used his visit to Israel during the previous week to urge for a reconciliation with Turkey, Middle East Newsline reported. Mullen said cooperation between Israel, Turkey and the United States was key for regional stability.

"And I was reassured by the Israeli leadership that they're working to strengthen the ties with Turkey," Mullen said. "That's a significant relationship that is longstanding."

Israeli officials confirmed that Mullen discussed the relationship with Turkey and the need for reconciliation. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been divided over Ankara's demand for an apology for the killing of eight Turks, which took place during a battle for control over the Turkish flagged Mavi Marmara.

"Turkey is a vital strategic country," Israeli Homeland Security Minister Matan Vilnai said. "I have no problem apologizing."

The main Israeli opponents of the Turkish demands have been Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Vice Premier Moshe Ya'alon. Both have asserted that Turkey has no desire to reconcile with Israel.

Officials said Washington wants Israel and Turkey to work closely to prevent any regional war from neighboring Syria. They said the United States fears a provocation by either Iran or its proxy Hizbullah against the Jewish state.

"What I certainly got from the brief visit [to Israel] is the goal of working through these difficult issues and strengthen that relationship for the reasons that that region is so critical," Mullen said.


Dear Turkish militant Muslim cranks whom the Turkish military should overthrow in a long overdue coup: Adm. Mike said Israel should apologize to you, so therefore Israel apologizes for not vaporizing you in your terroristic act of war in invading our territory with your provactory flotilla. Do that again and we will apologize with thermonuclear war. With that understood, let us now have peace on our terms as your terms historically rape, enslave and murder millions of innocent Christian Slavics and Armenians. So pleased that Adm. Mike suggested this apology thing. Sincerely, the state of Israel.

Lame Cherry      7:11 p.m. / Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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