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Israel offers $20 million to Turkey flotilla victims
Published Monday 03/02/2014 (updated) 05/02/2014 22:44
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Israeli soldiers raid a ship as the navy intercepts a Gaza-bound
aid flotilla in the Mediterranean Sea on May 31, 2010 in a
pre-dawn assault that killed several pro-Palestinian activists
and sparked global outrage.(POOL/AFP/File Uriel Sinai)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel has offered Turkey $20 million in compensation to the families of those killed and wounded in its botched 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday.

Citing unnamed Western diplomats briefed on the ongoing negotiations with Ankara, the daily said Turkey had yet to respond to the Israeli offer.

Once-close relations between the two nations fell apart after Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish nationals during a botched pre-dawn raid on a six-ship flotilla seeking to break Israel's naval blockade on Gaza in May 2010.

The assault provoked a major diplomatic crisis between the former regional allies, with Ankara demanding a formal apology and compensation for the families of the victims.

Talks finally began in March 2013 after Israel extended a formal apology to Turkey to get relations back on track following to-level intervention by US President Barack Obama.

The talks stalled for several months but were revived in December when Israeli negotiators traveled to Istanbul and Turkey lowered its demands for compensation, Haaretz said.

Western diplomats quoted by the paper said Ankara had demanded $30 million, but Israel was initially willing to give only $15 million.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later decided to up Israel’s offer to $20 million, with an extra $3 million available "if necessary to secure and agreement," the paper said.

The funds will not be paid directly to the families of the dead and the wounded but will be deposited in a humanitarian fund and distributed to them in accordance with defined criteria, it said.

Netanyahu's office refused to comment on the report.
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1 ) LOLOL COMMERCE BETWEEN / ISRAEL AND TURKEY
03/02/2014 11:59
is HUGE!!!! BILLIONS OF DOLLARS!!! 20 mil is less than a drop in a bucket in order to maintain the huge export and import between the two countries!!!!

2 ) Chimo / USA
03/02/2014 21:10
Believe me, that is the only and I mean only reason why Israel ever offered any money to the families of the IHH terrorists who decided to attack and try and murder IDF forces who were enforcing the very legal blockade of the terrorist entity that controls Gaza. Erdogan is nothing more than a fawning forked tongued sychophant as is Davotoglu. There is too much commerce between the two countries to let those 2 fools ruin it, and that is the only reason Israel is doing this.

3 ) Imael / USA
03/02/2014 23:55
Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer.

4 ) spb / usa
04/02/2014 03:57
too much
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