Reconciliation deal reached with Turkey: Israel

Jerusalem—Israel has reached a reconciliation deal with Turkey to end a bitter six-year rift between the Mideast powers, an official said Sunday.
Relations between the former close allies im-ploded in 2010 following an Israeli naval raid that killed nine Turkish activ-ists, including a dual American citizen, who were on a ship trying to breach Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Following the incident, Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Israel and greatly scaled back mili-tary and economy ties. But relations were never broken completely.
Turkey’s move toward rapprochement with Israel comes amid its deepening isolation in the region fol-lowing a breakdown of ties with Russia and Egypt as well as the tur-moil in neighboring Syria.
The Israeli official con-firmed the details of the agreement on Sunday. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on an official visit to Rome, is expected to announce de-tails on Monday, and the two sides plan to sign the agreement on Tuesday.
The official said the im-pending deal would in-clude $20 million in Is-raeli compensation for families of those killed in the raid, an end to all Turkish claims against Is-raeli military personnel and the state of Israel over the raid, and the mu-tual restoration of ambas-sadors.—AP

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