Kerry Compares Turkish Flotilla Terrorists to Boston Victims
9:26 AM, Apr 22, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
During President Obama’s trip to Israel last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to apologize for the “operational mistakes” that in May 2010 led to the deaths of nine Turks who attacked Israeli commandoes after they boarded the Turkish-sponsored Mavi Marmara to prevent it from violating the maritime blockade of Gaza. In spite of Netanyahu’s apology, Erdogan has continued to rebuff Israeli-Turkish reconciliation efforts. Accordingly, the White House sent Secretary of State John Kerry to Turkey to smooth Erdogan’s ruffled feathers. In Istanbul, Kerry compared the emotions surrounding the deaths of nine armed Turkish nationals attacking the armed forces of an American ally to Boston’s response to the bombings Monday that killed three, including an eight-year-old boy.
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