Erdogan declares total freeze of relations with Israel
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday declared a total freeze of military and trade ties with Israel and threatened to visit Gaza Strip. The Turkish moves come over the row between the two countries over last year's attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla, which sa nine Turks shot dead by Israeli commando soldiers.
Last week, Turkey announced that Israeli ambassador was being expelled and all bilateral military agreements were suspended. "We are totally suspending our trade, military, defence industry relations," Erdogan told reporters, according to AFP.
"Further sanctions" against Israel would follow, the Turkish leader said.
Erdogan said he may pay a visit to the Gaza Strip, entering via Egypt. "We are talking with the Egyptians on this matter ... A trip to Gaza is not finalised yet," Erdogan conveyed.
"Israel has always played the role of a spoiled child," he said.