Interview with Former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz 'We Should Reduce Our Military Dependency on Israel'

Relations between Israel and Turkey are strained to the breaking point following last Monday's raid by Israeli forces on an aid convoy heading to the Gaza Strip. Former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz told SPIEGEL that Turkey could have helped prevent bloodshed, but that Israel is ultimately to blame.
A Turkish demonstrator in Ankara holds up a Palestinian flag during an anti-Israeli march.

A Turkish demonstrator in Ankara holds up a Palestinian flag during an anti-Israeli march.

Foto: UMIT BEKTAS/ REUTERS
Interview conducted by Daniel Steinvorth Translated from the German by Paul Cohen