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NATO Summit: “We weren’t going anyway”, says Israel after Turkey´s veto.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. Photo Credit AA

Turkey has blocked Israel’s attendance at a May NATO summit over its refusal to apologise for the deaths of nine Turks during a 2010 assault on a protest flotilla bound for Gaza, a Turkish official said Monday.

However NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen denied the assertion, saying Israel was not invited to the summit set for May 20-21 in Chicago.

Turkish press reports said Israel wanted to take part in the key summit as a participant in the Mediterranean Dialogue cooperation programme with NATO.

Turkey would have been able to block Israel’s attendance because of NATO’s policy of consensual decision-making.

The Hurriyet Daily, quoting diplomats, said…READ MORE HERE

Jerusalem reacted with composure Monday to reports that Turkey blocked Israel’s participation in an upcoming NATO summit because Israel has not apologized for killing Turkish citizens during a maritime raid in 2010. Israel had not planned to attend the summit anyway, officials said.

“It is true that Israel wasn’t invited, because Ankara is working hard to prevent NATO from strengthening two partnerships: its Mediterranean partnership because of Israel, and its European Union partnership because of Cyprus,” an Israeli diplomatic official said. He added that Turkey was subject to “scathing criticism” from fellow member states for obstructing the development of NATO’s ties.

“We didn’t plan on attending the summit anyway,” the official said, adding that the list of invitees to NATO summits was a matter to be discussed between the alliance and its member states and that Israel was not going to get involved. READ MORE HERE