After delay, Turkish parliament reviews Israel deal

Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal finally submitted to Turkish parliament for ratification.

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(AFP) - Turkey on Wednesday submitted to its parliament a deal to normalize ties with Israel delayed by the July 15 military coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The agreement has been forwarded to the Turkish parliament for ratification before the legislative body goes into summer recess later this month.

In June, Turkey and Israel signed a deal to restore their ties which hit an all-time low after the 2010 incident during which Israeli commandos closed in on a Gaza-bound Turkish flotilla whose passengers were armed and ready for altercation - though they posed as aid workers - and killed 10 passengers, who had attacked the Israeli soldiers with clubs and knives.

The text of the agreement submitted to parliament reaffirms that Israel will pay Turkey $20 million (17.8 million euros) in compensation within 25 days.

The legal case targeting the Israeli commandos who staged the raid will also be dropped, the report said.

Israeli cabinet ministers in June approved the deal reached with Turkey, leaving Ankara to make the final ratification step.

But the Turkish government failed to send the deal to parliament because of time pressure created by the failed coup attempt by rogue elements in the military, which Turkey blames on US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.

Once the normalization deal is ratified by parliament, Turkey and Israel will begin the process of exchanging ambassadors.

It is not clear on which day the deal will be debated.

Though the Israeli Commandos in the raid had acted out of self-defense, Israel had already offered compensation and an apology over the raid but with the agreement it also eased the naval blockade on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, allowing Ankara to ship materials to the Strip.








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