ISTANBUL, (PIC)-- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan renewed his rejection to restore his country's relations with the Zionist entity, refusing mediation by a U.S. businessman in this regard.
Turkish newspaper "al-Shafak al-Jadid" reported that Erdogan met, in the capital Ankara, Ronald Lauder, a Jewish-American businessman who offered "to defuse the crisis between Turkey and the Zionist entity."
The paper stated that Erdogan said Turkey had three conditions for restoring ties with Israel, namely, that it apologizes for the 2010 Mavi Marmara raid that killed nine Turkish activists, pays compensation to the families of the victims and lifts the blockade on Gaza.
“They sent the richest Jewish man in the world [to us] a couple of months ago. What was the reason? He was supposed to be intercessor,” said Erdogan, stressing that simply apologizing is not enough for normalization with Israel.
The Turkish Prime Minister noted that Israeli occupation is currently feeling isolated. He stated that he had emphasized on the three conditions while speaking to leaders of America, Russia and United Kingdom, who tried to mediate to resolve the issue, mentioning that the former Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi was the first to intervene in this regard.