Erdogan: Turkey Still Friend To Israel

Turkey remains “a friend to Israel,” but the government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the biggest barrier to peace” in the Middle East, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. In an in interview with PBS television’s Charlie Rose aired late Monday, Erdogan called on the US to take a leading role in dealing with the aftermath of Israel’s May 31 commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, during which nine Turkish naitonals were killed. "The US administration should take ownership of the situation because there was an American involved,” Erdogan said, referring to Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old American- Turkish dual citizen who was killed on board the Mavi Marmara vessel.