Instead of telling media about the intention to normalize the relations with Turkey, Israel must take concrete actions in this direction. Ankara's position on this issue is clear and unchanged, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said today, TRT Haber TV channel reported.
Earlier, the Israeli Foreign Ministry reported that Israel is ready to negotiate with Turkey to normalize relations without any preconditions.
Relations between Turkey and Israel, which were two strategic and military partners before, worsened after Israeli naval attacks on the "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31, 2010. Nine Turks fell victim to a confrontation between Israeli soldiers and international human rights activists on the Turkish ship.
Ankara later demanded that Israel issue an official apology, order an independent international investigation, and pay compensation, however, Tel Aviv has refused.