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Israel and Turkey announce reconciliation

The Levant News — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally announced reconciliation between Israel and Turkey during a press conference today in Rome. The two nations hope an agreement due to be signed Tuesday will ease six years of tensions since the deadly Israeli attack on a Turkish blockade runner headed for Gaza. The agreement is said to include an Israeli apology along with a compensation package of $20 million for the families of the 10 victims of the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla raid. The sea blockade that helped spark the incident in the first place, however, will remain in place. The deal also includes understandings on exporting Israeli natural gas to Turkey and several items concerning humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, such as facilitating the entry of goods into Gaza and Turkish assistance for a new hospital and a new water plant there. Turkey for its part committed to use its ties with Hamas in order to advance the return of the bodies of two IDF soldiers killed in the 2014 Protective Edge Operation. Speaking after meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Netanyahu noted that the Israel-Turkey deal is ”an important step” in restoring ties between the two sides and that the deal has also ”immense implications for the Israeli economy.” Netanyahu added that the deal will prevent terror activities against Israel from Turkish soil.
Source: Al-monitor

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