Turkey, Israel have yet to mend ties

“The process is still ongoing,” an Israeli official tells 'Post'; PMO would not comment on whether more talks scheduled.

May 28, 2013 04:16
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Mavi Marmara

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 Monday.

But the Prime Minister’s Office would not comment on whether more talks were scheduled to finalize details to restore ties.

An Israeli 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 sum.

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.

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