Turkey and Israel to Normalize Ties After 6-year Hiatus

27 Jun
6:20 PM

Turkish Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım on Monday announced the signing of a Turkish Israeli deal to normalize relations between the two, after six years of ‘strained ties.’

Turkish and Israeli delegations, on Sunday, have met in Rome to finalize details of the deal.

The Turkish-Israeli affairs were suspended in 2010, after the Israeli attack on Mavi Marmara from the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla,” in which ten activists were killed.

According to Hurriyet Daily News, The Israeli delegation, led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy, Joseph Ciechanover, and the Turkish delegation led by Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu, also a former ambassador to Israel, met in Rome on June 26, BĂŒĆŸra ArslantaƟ of CNN TĂŒrk reported.

PNN further reports that Turkey has demanded Israel fulfill three conditions prior to any normalization in ties, namely, an apology for the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara, compensation to the families of the deceased and an end to the embargo on Gaza.

Also of interest: 06/23/16 Flotilla Coalition: Women’s Boat to Gaza Presented at the European Parliament


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Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.

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