Turkish Turkish Prime Minister Binali YÄ±ldÄ±rÄ±m on Monday announced the signing of a Turkish Israeli deal toÂ normalize relationsÂ between the two, after six years of âstrained ties.â
Turkish and Israeli delegations, on Sunday, have met in Rome to finalize details of the deal.
The Turkish-IsraeliÂ affairsÂ were suspended in 2010, after the Israeli attack on Mavi Marmara from the âGaza Freedom Flotilla,â in which ten activists were killed.
According to Hurriyet Daily News, The Israeli delegation, led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahuâs special envoy, Joseph Ciechanover, and the Turkish delegation led by Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun SinirlioÄlu, also a former ambassador to Israel, met in Rome on June 26, BĂŒĆra ArslantaĆ 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.
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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.