Turkey: Israel not keeping to defense deals
“…Turkey’s prime minister accused Israel on Wednesday of failing to meet its obligations in defense deals, adding to tensions with Israel which have escalated since an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla killed nine people last year.
Turkey last week expelled top Israeli diplomats, suspended all military deals and vowed to step up Turkish navy patrols in the eastern Mediterranean, angered over its former ally’s refusal to apologize for the raid that killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American.
Turkey also promised to lobby for support for the Palestinians’ bid for state recognition at the United Nations and warned that more sanctions against Israel could follow.
Asked to comment on Turkey’s decision to suspend defense industry deals, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters that Israel was not keeping to the terms of defense agreements, accusing it of not returning drones that Turkey had bought from Israel and sent back for maintenance…”