Monday 23 October 2017

Netanyahu's apology for fatal raid questioned

Robert Tait

ISRAELI Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology over a fatal raid on a Turkish aid flotilla bound for Gaza has come under scrutiny after an aide contradicted reports that it included a promise to lift the siege on the Palestinian territory.

Ya'akov Amidror, the Israeli national security adviser, said steps to ease the blockade of Gaza would be taken only "if there is quiet".

His comment, on Israel army radio, came after Ismail Hanieyeh, Gaza's de facto prime minister, said that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, told him that Mr Netanyahu had promised to "lift the siege on the Palestinian people".

Mr Amidror said that such steps were conditional. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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