Mavi Marmara 390.
(photo credit: Stringer Turkey / Reuters)
Turkey and Israel have yet to fully restore relations in spite of the growing
Syrian crisis that has threatened both their borders.
“The process is
still ongoing,” an Israeli official told The Jerusalem Post on
But the Prime Minister’s Office would not comment on whether more
talks were scheduled to finalize details to restore ties.
delegation traveled to Ankara in April and in the beginning of May, a Turkish
delegation spent the day in Jerusalem.
At the time, National Security
Adviser Yaakov Amidror said optimistically that Israel and Turkey would exchange
ambassadors shortly after an agreement on compensation over the Mavi Marmara
victims was completely hashed out.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in
April apologized for the deaths of nine Turkish activists who were killed after
the IDF forcibly boarded the Gaza-bound ship Mavi Marmara as it attempted to
break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza in 2010. The Israeli and Turkish
delegations had worked out a mechanism to determine compensation, during their
two meetings in the last two months, but had not yet agreed on a
According to Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman
, 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.