Turkey has dismissed as “worthless” an Israeli report clearing the government and military of wrongdoing in the bloody assault on a Turkish aid ship.
The operation last May in which nine Turks were killed prompted an international outcry.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The report clearly shows that the blockade of Gaza is legal. It shows that the enforcement of that blockade last May was legal. And it shows that the Israeli soldiers who boarded the Maramra acted legally and in self defence.”
But Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded: “The report was ordered. Did you think a report that was written in their country would have worth?”
The findings of the Turkel commission will form the core of Israel’s submission to a United Nations investigation into the assault.