The Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website reports that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sees no need for Israel to apologize to Turkey for Israel's deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla last year that tried to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.
Netanyahu told his cabinet today (September 4, 2011) -- in his first public remarks about the confrontation -- that Israel was defending "our civilians, our children, and our communities."
On September 3, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara would challenge Israel's blockade at the International Court of Justice this week.
On September 2, Turkey expelled Israel's envoy to Ankara and suspended military cooperation due to Israel's refusal to apologize for its flotilla raid. Nine Turkish activists were killed and dozens were wounded in the raid.