Friday, December 18, 2015

Israeli-Turkish reconciliation in the making

Jerusalem (AFP) - Israel and Turkey have reached "understandings" to normalise ties, at a low since the Jewish state's deadly 2010 raid on a Turkish ship headed for the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said Thursday.
The deal, drafted at a secret meeting in Switzerland, calls for Israel to compensate victims of the raid, a return of envoys, for which an amount of 20 million dollars will be reserved,  and the start of talks on gas exports to Turkey, the unnamed official said.
All Turkish lawsuits against Israel will be cancelled, and Turkey will prevent senior Hamas operative Salah Aruri from entering its territory and acting from there, the source added.
Israel has long accused Turkey of letting Aruri plan deadly attacks from its territory.
According to the official, incoming Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and Joseph Ciechanover, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's point-man for Turkish reconciliation, made up the Israeli team, with Turkish foreign ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu representing Ankara.
A separate official could not say when the pact might be signed, but Channel 10 television said it was expected "in coming days."

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