Erdogan blasts Marmara flotilla organizers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday night blasted the IHH organization which was behind the May 2010 flotilla to Gaza that sparked the crisis between Israel and Turkey.

"Did you ask me before you set sail? Did you ask my permission," Erdogan said at Wednesday's iftar meal, according to Haaretz.

The attack came after the group voiced serious criticism of Erdogan in recent days for reconciling ties with Israel.

"When you set sail you need to ask me? Did you ask the prime minister before you embarked on a humanitarian mission from Turkey to Gaza?" Erdogan asked. "[After the agreement] we have guarantees from Israel that it will authorize the entrance of humanitarian aid we send to Gaza."

The comments came hours after Israel's Cabinet voted to approve Israel's reconciliation agreement with Turkey, formalizing the controversial agreement in spite of some staunch opposition.

Under the terms of the deal, Israel will pay $20 million in compensation to the families of those IHH Islamists killed during an attack on IDF soldiers who boarded the Mavi Marmara in 2010, having already acceded to Turkey's demand for a formal apology over the incident.

In addition, Israel will facilitate the transfer of Turkish aid shipments into Gaza.

Erdogan earlier this week hailed the deal with Israel, and said that it achieved all the goals he had set out to achieve.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/214294

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