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Erdogan signs Turkey-Israel normalization deal

Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) toasts with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul (C) and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their official dinner in Ankara, 12 November 2007.  Israeli President Shimon Peres pledged today that his country would work for a tangible result at an upcoming US-sponsored Middle East peace conference, saying that the Jewish state is ready to make peace with the Palestinians. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish President Erdogan on Wednesday approveda normalization deal with Israel, which was recently passed by the parliament and was already approved in the Israeli Cabinet.

With the signing of this deal, both states will exchange ambassadors in the next few weeks

Turkey’s parliament approved the normalization deal on August 20.

As part of the deal however, Israel will have to pay $20 million as compensation for the loss of lives during the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in which 10 Turkish activist who tried delivering aid to Gaza were killed by Israeli forces.

In return Turkish regime will drop all cases and Israeli soldiers and individuals will not be found liable or responsible.


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