Turkey: Reconciliation agreement with Israel to continue

Senior Turkish official assures Jerusalem that the reconciliation agreement signed with the Jewish State will continue unimpeded.

By Elad Benari


A senior Turkish official on Sunday evening assured a senior Israeli official that “the reconciliation process [between Israel and Turkey] continues as usual” even after the failed coup attempt this weekend.

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The Turkish official’s comments follow Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s remarks at Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, and following the announcement of the Foreign Ministry regarding Israel’s desire to continue the reconciliation process with Turkey.

“We are grateful for the messages and appreciate them, and will continue the reconciliation process as normal,” said the Turkish official.

In his remarks Sunday, Netanyahu spoke about the attempted coup in Turkey and expressed hope that it will not affect Israel’s relations with the Turks.

“We assume the reconciliation process will continue along the same lines uninfluenced by this weekend’s events,” Netanyahu said.

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Israel and Turkey recently signed a reconciliation agreement to restore relations that were cut off following the 2010 Marmara incident.

Under the terms of the deal, Israel will pay $20 million in compensation to the families of those IHH Islamists killed during an attack on IDF soldiers who boarded the Mavi Marmara in 2010, having already acceded to Turkey’s demand for a formal apology over the incident.

In addition, Israel will facilitate the transfer of Turkish aid shipments into Gaza. In fact, not long after the deal was signed, a Turkish aid ship arrived in Gaza after Israeli authorities had inspected its contents.


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