The Levant News — New Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has reportedly promised not to object publicly to a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, despite having harshly disapproved of such a move in the past. Liberman had warned among other things that an Israeli-Turkish rapprochement would harm ties with Greece and Egypt. Israel and Turkey have been holding intensified talks over the past few weeks in a view of returning to normalization, including the exchange of ambassadors. The two countries cut off ties following the 2010 “Mavi Marmara” Gaza flotilla crisis, in which 10 Turkish citizens were killed by Israeli commandos. Liberman’s apparent change of heart makes it easier for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move ahead with the a reconciliation agreement.