Turkey, Israel make U.S.-brokered peace after Mavi Marmara apology

Today’s Zaman reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered an apology to Turkey for a 2010 raid on an aid flotilla that resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and a Turkish American, ending a deep crisis in ties between the two former allies.

In a statement carried by Reuters, Netanyahu said he “expressed apology” to the Turkish people for any error that could have led to loss of life in the flotilla incident. He also said Israel has agreed to pay compensation to the families of the victims and that Israel and Turkey agree to work together to improve the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories.

A Turkish official in Ankara confirmed the apology, telling Today’s Zaman that Netanyahu called Erdoğan to offer an apology and that Erdoğan accepted it.

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2 thoughts on “Turkey, Israel make U.S.-brokered peace after Mavi Marmara apology

  1. delia ruhe

    Israel made a big mistake alienating Turkey in the first place. Now I’m wondering if this apology might be too little too late.

  2. Norman

    Why all of a sudden, is Israel doing this & who’s paying the bill? Everyone knows, or at least should know, that there’s “a price to pay, when you dance with the Devil”. It would serve Netanyahu and his majority right, if the Turkish people refused to except.

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