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      Turks Expect 'Tens of Millions' in Compensation from Israel

      Tzippy Livni discussed with Turkish officials the possibility that Israel would compensate families of the Maramara dead
      By David Lev
      First Publish: 3/26/2013, 11:38 PM

      Minister Tzipi Livni
      Minister Tzipi Livni
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      Justice Minister Tzippy Livni on Sunday spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, discussing the possibility that Israel would pay reparations to the families of nine Turkish supporters of Hamas who were killed in 2010 aboard the Mavi Marmara, after they attempted to attack and murder IDF soldiers as part of the Gaza flotilla.

      Turkey's vice-premier, Bulenbt Arink, told Turkish media Sunday that a meeting and discussion in compensation had taken place, but gave no details.

      Turkish media reported Sunday that the families were due to receive “tens of millions of dollars” in compensation. Israel has named former director general of the Foreign Ministry, Yosef Checanover, as responsible for the negotiations on compensation for the Israeli side.

      Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan told reporters that Turkey had made three demands from Israel as a condition for restoring relations with Israel. One of those was a demand for a full Israeli apology. “They wanted to express regret, but we said 'no.' We demanded that they use the word 'apology,'” he said.