The United States has proposed a solution to the rift between Israel and Turkey over Israel's interception of the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in 2010, as it attempted to break the naval blockade on Gaza, according to a Monday-morning report by the Ma'ariv daily. Nine Turkish citizens died after those on board attacked Israeli commandos who boarded the ship.
The outline of the proposal calls for a "secret" telephone call between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after which Netanyahu will issue a statement of regret and Erdogan will say that Israel apologized for the deaths. Israel will not directly compensate the families of the victims but contribute to a fund to be established by Turkey. Following the statements, the two countries will raise the levels of diplomatic contact and return withdrawn ambassadors. The report did not say if the plan was accepted.