Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor cautioned Turkey on Friday that it was bound by international law in its challenge to an Israeli naval blockade on Gaza, but stressed that Israel was not interested in a war of words with its once-close ally.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday set the stage for a potential naval confrontation, declaring that Turkish warships would escort future convoys to the Gaza Strip.
“The things Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan said are harsh and serious, but I don’t think it would be right to get into any verbal sabre-rattling with him,” Meridor told Army Radio. “Our silence is the best response. I hope this phenomenon will pass.”
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