Report: US secured FM's OK, PM backed out of Turkey deal

August 11, 2011 09:22


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An agreement was almost reached between Israel and Turkey over resolving differences and outstanding claims over last year's flotilla incident on board the Mavi Marmara, in which nine Turkish nationals were killed, but the deal fell apart two weeks ago, Army Radio reported on Thursday.

According to the report, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to apologize to Turkey for "tactical mistakes" made during the operation to take control of the Marmara and to pay restitution to the families of those killed. In return, Turkey would agree to not pursue any additional claims against either Israel or the IDF soldiers who partook in the raid.

Netanyahu was reportedly hesitant to go through with the deal out of fear that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman would object to it and pull his Yisrael Beiteinu party from the coalition, effectively toppling the government. The United States government, however, determined to see a reconciliation agreement reached between Israel and Turkey, placed pressure on the foreign minister to get him to agree to the language of the deal.

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