A Turkish delegation is expected to arrive in Israel on Monday for a second round of reconciliation talks, following a positive exchange between both sides in Ankara last month.
It's the highest level Turkish delegation to visit
Israel in the last three years.
In light of the growing threats from
Syria and Iran, Israel and Turkey are looking to repair their severed
relationship and normalize ties.
Ankara broke off relations with
Jerusalem in May 2010, after the IDF raided the ship Mavi Marmara as it
attempted to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza, killing nine Turkish
activists on board.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized to
Turkey for the deaths in March, at the tail end of a visit by United States
President Barack Obama.
Last month, an Israeli delegation spent a day in
Ankara and left believing it had laid the groundwork for the possibility of a
full restoration of ties.
The two delegations spoke of Netanyahu’s pledge
to conclude an “agreement on compensation/non-liability” with the families of
the nine Turkish activists.
At that April meeting, the two delegations
agreed on a mechanism by which to calculate the compensation figure that
included parameters and principles, but did not discuss the actual
It’s expected that they will discuss compensation figures at
Only once a compensation agreement is reached, will the
process start for the full resumption of diplomatic relations.
to Turkish media reports, the delegation will be headed by Turkish Foreign
Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu, a former Turkish ambassador to
Israel. He is expected to meet with Israel’s National Security Council head
Yaakov Amidror and Joseph Ciechanover, who is in charge of Turkish affairs for
the Prime Minister’s Office.
In April, the Turkish delegation was led by
Deputy PM Bulent Arinc.