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“I’m Semi-Sorry”

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Prime Minister Netanyahu last Sunday.(Sebastian Scheiner - Pool/Getty Images)

“Diplomats said Wednesday that the two sides had been searching for a word that would sound like an apology in Turkish, but not in Hebrew.” -The New York Times

(And, in case you are wondering, in Jerusalem the grown-ups appear to be in charge: Whenever the U.N. report on Flotilla 1, which is reportedly surprisingly harsh on Turkey and surprisingly lenient on Israel, is released, the Israeli government is expected to wisely not make a big deal of it in an effort to improve diplomatic ties.)

Israeli and Turkish Diplomats Try to Heal Rift From Raid on Flotilla [NYT]
Israel Unlikely To Condemn Turkey Over Palmer Report [Ynet]
Earlier: Israel Enjoys Victory With U.N. Flotilla Probe
Have Israel and Turkey Reached Détente?

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Prediction: within a few weeks of the “resolution” of this issue–that is, of Israel’s agreement to help suppress the UN report’s documentation of Turkey’s culpability in the first flotilla episode–the Turkish government, having gotten what it wanted, will return once again to its recent pattern of virulently anti-Israel rhetoric and behavior. Commentators will refer with absurd neutrality to this unilateral hostility as a “deep freeze”, or even a “crisis”, in Turkish-Israeli relations.

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