On the restoration of relations announced simultaneously in Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, and in Rome — the Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, informs Bi-bi-si. A formal agreement between the two countries will be signed on Tuesday.
Reconciliation was reached six years after Israeli soldiers killed ten Turkish activists who tried to break the blockade of Gaza established by Israel.
The incident occurred on 31 may 2010 when Israeli commandos landed on the ship “Mavi Marmara”. The activists claimed that the soldiers immediately began to shoot. According to the Israeli side, first attacked the activists, armed with batons, knives and a gun. The UN tried to conduct an independent investigation, but it is not able to determine precisely who was the initiator of the conflict.
According to bi-Bi-si, Israel agreed to pay compensation in the amount of $20 million to the families of the victims. In tel Aviv, also agreed to permit Turkey to send humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories, as well as deliver infrastructure projects. Netanyahu stressed that supplies to Gaza will be possible only through Israeli ports, as “marine protective blockade” will be saved.
According to Yildirim, a priority for his government is to normalize political and diplomatic relations with Israel, reports Reuters. In particular, both countries plan to exchange ambassadors, which were withdrawn after the incident with the activists.
Netanyahu said that the agreement with Ankara opens the way for the possible supply of Israeli gas to Europe via Turkey. Yıldırım, however, said that talking about the gas contract with Israel is still early.
In December, the Bloomberg sources in the Turkish government spoke about the revitalization of confidential contacts between Ankara and tel Aviv after Turkey shot down a Russian bomber that led to the breakup. The news Agency said that Ankara wants to diversify its gas supplies and become energy hub of the region.
The Turkish media wrote that the signing of the agreement on the construction of a gas pipeline under the Mediterranean sea from Israel to Turkey is expected after the normalization of relations between the two countries. It is expected that by 2019, shipments will reach 30 billion cubic meters per year, of which 20 billion will be intended for transit to Europe.