IRAN: Terrorist Unveils PKK-Israel Collaboration

TEHRAN (FNA)- Some recent confessions made by a PKK (Kurdistan Worker's Party) ringleader have unveiled Israel's tight relations and collaboration with the terrorist group, Turkish media reports said on Sunday. According to a report by the Turkish TRT network, Kanan, the leader of an 8-member cell disbanded by the Turkish security forces, confessed that he had played a part in the raid on a Turkish navy base in Iskenderun port on May 31, 2010, the same day Israeli commandos attacked Mavi Marmara, the aid ship trying to break the Gaza Siege. Kanan said in his confession that he lives in Israel and travels to Turkey occasionally, adding that he had commuted between the two countries several times prior to the last year attack on the Turkish naval base. Turkish security experts say that concurrence of the two attacks is not accidental and rather signifies the link between the PKK and Tel Aviv. They also believe that the PKK has attacked on the navy base at the request of the Zionist regime. In September, Turkish media report said that Israel's hawkish foreign minister was planning a series of measures to retaliate against Turkey in an apology row, including military aid to the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party. Accordingly, Avigdor Lieberman insisted that the Israeli efforts should focus on ways to respond to Turkey's sanctions, not formulating an apology for the 2010 incident. In reply, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stressed that his country will not be blackmailed. Davutoglu condemned the plan Lieberman proposed to other Zionist officials, which called for punishing Turkey by supporting the terrorist organization PKK. "No one will be able to blackmail us," said Davutoglu during a press conference in Ankara. "We hope that Israel's denial (of supporting the PKK) will also be accompanied by actions."