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BEIJING – Israel and Turkey will exchange ambassadors shortly after a
compensation agreement over the Mavi Marmara incident is fully hashed out,
National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror said Wednesday in Beijing Amidror
arrived in Beijing on Wednesday, two days after meeting a Turkish delegation for
the second round of talks over the compensation package.
the Shanghai leg of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s five-day visit to China
because of his meeting with the Turkish delegation.
“It was a very good
meeting and I hope that in a short time the agreement will be completed,” he
said. A number of issues were agreed upon and some were outstanding, he added,
refusing to elaborate.
“Until everything is agreed upon, nothing is
agreed upon, he said, adding that he expected the agreement to be completed
Once the agreement is final, he said, it will only be a short
period of time – a technical period – before the nations exchange
Turkish officials, however, expressed slightly less
According to the Hurriyet
Daily News, Turkish Deputy Prime
Minister Bulent Arinc said that the delegations from both countries had yet to
agree upon the compensation figures.
Compensation payment to the families
of the nine Turkish activists – killed on the Mavi Marmara after IDF soldiers
boarded the Gaza-bound ship to stop it from breaching Israel’s naval blockade of
the area – is a key component of the reconciliation agreement.
compensation has not yet been finalized. There has not been a consensus on some
important subjects,” Arinc said, according to the Daily Hurriyet
said that the two delegations might need to meet for a third time to hammer out
all the details, according to the Turkish daily..
According to Todays’
Zaman, another Turkish newspaper, there are reports that Turkey wants Israel to
pay $1 million to each of the nine families, whereas Israel only wants to pay
$100,000 per family.
On Monday night, Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office
said that Israeli and Turkish officials reached a draft agreement in Jerusalem
that would mend the three-year diplomatic crisis between the two
“The two sides expect to come to an agreement in the near
future,” said the statement released by Netanyahu’s bureau after an eight-hour
meeting between Israeli and Turkish delegations in the Foreign Ministry on
“The meeting was conducted in a good and positive
The delegations reached an agreed draft, but further
clarifications are required on certain subjects,” the statement
said.Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report.