09. September 2011
The United States has called on two of its top allies to cool down as tensions between Turkey and Israel continue to arose over the past weeks.
President Barrack Obama said to diffuse their conflict, both Turkey and Israel need to exercise restraint and avoid any provocations that could lead the situation into a full-blown war. Washington spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the United States wants to see the conflict between the two parties end in peace to avoid bloodshed.
“We are urging both sides to refrain from rhetoric or actions that could be provocative, that could contribute to tensions,” Nuland said. Nuland revealed both Turkey and Israel are dear friends of US and as top ally they want the two countries to peacefully resolved their conflict.
Tensions earlier arose between the two countries after Israel refused to apologize for its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla Mavi Marmara last year that killed Eight Turks and a Turkish-American. Out of anger of Israel’s refusal to say sorry for the tragic incident, Turkey expelled several senior Israeli diplomats, suspended military cooperation with Israel and boosted naval patrols in the eastern Mediterranean.
The conflict between two nations further escalated after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would send warships to escort future aid boats leaving its territory for Gaza to prevent a repeat of the 2010 incident. Military experts earlier said the two countries need to resolve their problem peacefully since an armed conflict between two nations would have profound consequences for regional security and the Middle East peace process.