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Israel, Turkey reach draft compensation deal for flotilla victims

Source : Al Arabiya with AFP | 07 May 2013

Compensation for the victims of a 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla has been agreed on in a draft agreement reached by Israel and Turkey on Monday.

The deal was reached between Turkish officials, headed by the deputy foreign minister, and Israeli government representatives during a meeting in Jerusalem.

Israel’s apology to Turkey alters Mideast peace: Turkish PM

Source : Al Arabiya | 27 Mar 2013

Israel’s apology to Turkey over the Mavi Marmara event will lead to an altered balance in the Middle East peace process, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in an address to lawmakers on Tuesday.

Israeli forces killed nine Turkish nationals aboard a vessel carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza in the 2010 incident.

A bilateral deal has been struck whereby Israel must cooperate alongside the Turkish government over the region’s peace process.

The move represents a more assertive stance for Turkey with regard to regional politics.

Turkey's PM says Israeli ties not to be normalized unles promises met

Source : Agencies | 24 Mar 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said normalization with Israel will not happen unless Israel holds up with its end of the deal and implements what it promised.

“When implementation [of Israel promises] takes place, there will be normalization [between Turkey and Israel]. But if implementation does not realize, they should not take offense. We are saying it very open and clear,” Erdoğan told the cheering crowd in Eskişehir on Sunday.

Ex-Israeli PM says would apologize to Turkey over ship attack

Source : Anadolu Agency | 26 Dec 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has suggested that he would have apologized to Turkey over the killing of nine Turks during a raid on the Mavi Marmara ship carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

“If I were prime minister, I would have apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Turkish people because civilians lost their life,” Olmert said while speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

Turkey begins to try Israeli military over Gaza ship killings

Source : Agencies | 06 Nov 2012

A Turkish court began on Tuesday a trial of Israeli military officers in regard to a 2010 raid on the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara, which left eight Turks and one Turkish-American dead.

Four Israeli officers former Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, Naval Forces commander Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom, Israel's military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin and Air Forces Intelligence head Brig. Gen. Avishai Levi are facing trial in absentia for the raid of the Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla.

Israel prepares "apology paper" to Turkey

Source : Agencies | 27 Jul 2012

Israel has, for the first time, officially announced it is prepared to apologize to Turkey for the Mavi Marmara incident, Cihan news agency said.

“An agreement had been reached. The word ‘apology' was also present in the text,” Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Yigal Palmor has said, maintaining that Turkey's demand that the Gaza blockade be lifted is what has prevented the two sides from reaching an agreement.

Israel wants to restore ties with Turkey, no word on demands

Source : Agencies | 25 Jul 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel and its former ally Turkey must repair their relationship because of the instability in their region.

Turkey cut its once extensive ties with Israel after Israeli marines killed nine Turkish activists in May 2010 on international aid vessel trying to break Israel's siege of the Gaza Strip.

US apologizes, Pakistan opens Afghan supply lines

By : Bradley Klapper | AP | Washington | 04 Jul 2012

Ending a bitter seven-month standoff, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton apologized to Pakistan for the killing of 24 of its troops last fall and won in return the reopening of critical NATO supply lines into Afghanistan.

The agreement could save the US hundreds of millions of dollars.

Resolution of the dispute also bandages a relationship with Pakistan that will be crucial in stabilizing the region.

Syria's Assad says wishes Turkish jet not downed

Source : Agencies | 03 Jul 2012

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a Turkish newspaper he wished Syrian forces had not shot down a Turkish jet last month and that he would not allow the tensions between the two countries to turn into open combat.

"We learned that it (the plane) belonged to Turkey after shooting it down. I say 100 percent 'if only we had not shot it down'," the Cumhuriyet newspaper quoted Assad as saying in an interview published on Tuesday.

U.S. rights groups demand apology from Obama to Muslim Canadian

Source : Al Arabiya | 24 May 2012

Human rights groups in the U.S. have sent a 60,000-signature petition to the White House, urging President Barack Obama to formally apologize to Syrian-born Canadian, Maher Arar, who was deported to Syria from the U.S. under the suspicion of having links to al-Qaeda, a Canadian newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Arar, a 41-year-old telecommunications engineer, was detained during transit at John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2002 on his way home to Canada from a family vacation in Tunis.

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