Turkish parliament set to approve normalization deal with Israel


(JNS.org) A proposed deal to normalize relations between Turkey and Israel that would end a six-year rift between the former Middle East allies was submitted to the Turkish parliament on Wednesday.

According to the proposal, Israel will pay Turkey $20 million in compensation within 25 days, AFP reported citing Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkey's parliament. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

In exchange, the legal case against the Israeli commandos, who participated in the 2010 raid on the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara that killed nine Turkish activists, would be dropped.

The agreement won approval by the Israeli cabinet in June, however, it was held up in Turkey after the July 15 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Once the normalization process is completed, Turkey and Israel will begin the process of exchanging ambassadors that allows the countries to have fully restored ties. 

Posted on August 18, 2016 .