BULENT ARINC 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Turkey wants to fully restore normal diplomatic relations with Israel, its
deputy prime minister, Bulent Arinc, told the Hebrew daily Ma’ariv on
“Turkey is talking about full normalization and the restoration
of relations between the two nations to what it was before ,” he
His interview with the paper comes in advance of an April 22
meeting in Ankara between Israeli and Turkish officials on resolving the issues
between the two states.
“I expect these talks will succeed,” said Arinc,
who plans to head the Turkish delegation to the joint meeting.
apology to Turkey and its acquiescence to Ankara’s demands for compensation
ended the crisis between the two countries, he said.
diplomatic ties with Jerusalem in 2010 after the IDF killed nine Turkish
activists after it forcibly boarded the Mavi Marmara ship that was sailing to
Gaza in defiance of Israel’s naval blockade.
Last month, at the tail end
of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu phoned his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with an
Israel then announced that full diplomatic relations would be
restored, including the exchange of ambassadors.
Both countries border
Syria, and the push to restore relations comes as they find themselves at risk
from the nearby civil war.
But the Turkish media has published reports,
including comments by Erdogan, that have cast doubt on Turkey’s
In his interview with Ma’ariv
, Arinc sought to assure Israelis
that Turkey wanted to solve the crisis with Israel, which, he noted, had not
harmed the personal ties between Turkish citizens and the Jewish
Arinc said he was encouraged by the renewed push by US President
Barack Obama to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
however, that Turkey continues to support the Palestinians and their right to
Turkey wants to be involved in helping broker a peace
deal, and Erdogan plans to head to Gaza at the end of May, after meeting with
Obama in Washington.
According to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to visit Istanbul on
Saturday, where he will discuss the possibility of visiting Gaza with Abbas.