Turkey, ’Israel’ Reportedly Agree to Normalization Deal
Turkey and "Israel" will announce this weekend a deal to normalize ties, ending a six-year diplomatic crisis sparked by a deadly "Israeli" raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla wherein 10 Turkish nationals died, a report said Tuesday.
According to the report, the "Israeli" entity agreed to apologize and compensate families who lost loved ones in Mavi Marmara raid. Besides, the Zionist regime will allow for the construction of a new power station and distillation plant for drinking water; final agreement still had not been concluded, but will likely be announced on June 26.
In further information, The Hurriyet daily said the two sides would make the announcement during final talks on June 26 after intensive diplomacy resulted in a compromise agreement on the partial lifting of the "Israeli" blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Previously, tight relations between "Israel" and key NATO member Turkey were significantly downgraded as the "Israeli" commandos staged a botched pre-dawn raid on the six-ship flotilla in May 2010 as it tried to run the blockade on Gaza.
Nine activists on board the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ferry were killed, with a tenth person later dying of his wounds, sparking a bitter diplomatic crisis.
Two of Turkey's key conditions for normalization--an apology and compensation--were largely met, leaving its third demand, that the Zionist regime lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip, as the main obstacle.
Under terms of the deal, the "Israeli" occupation regime will allow the completion of a much-needed hospital in Gaza, as well as the construction of a new power station and a sea water distillation plant for drinking water.
Meanwhile, Turkey will send aid to Gaza but channel it via the "Israeli" port of Ashdod rather than sending it directly to the Palestinian enclave, the paper said.
In this respect, analysts said Turkey may pursue a more conciliatory foreign policy following the departure of former PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who spearheaded an aggressive and interventionist strategy.
His successor Binali Yildirim last week said he wanted no permanent tensions with Black Sea and Mediterranean neighbors after serious ruptures not just with "Israel" but also with Egypt and Russia.
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