Erdogan blasts Gaza flotilla organizers
With a reconciliation deal between Turkey and Israel finalized, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time lambasted the organizers of the 2010 Gaza-bound aid flotilla.
Speaking in Ankara late Wednesday, Erdogan said the flotilla organizers at the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) did not ask for permission from him back when he was the prime minister.
“Did you ask me before you set sail? Did you ask my permission,” said Erdogan, who had long made Israel’s lifting of a siege on Gaza a precondition for resuming ties.