JPost: Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was quoted by the newspaper as saying that the deal is likely to be signed following next week’s local elections. After the two sides agree on compensation, diplomatic ties will be fully restored, with each side sending ambassadors to take up residence in their respective countries.
“An agreement is almost ready and is waiting for the finalization of some minor issues before being submitted to the two countries’ leadership,” a diplomatic source was quoted as saying by Hurriyet.
Opinion: This agreement is like compensating the family of someone who mugged you at gunpoint, or better yet, compensating the people who started a war with you.
In the new world order - all bets are off. Prime Minister Netanyahu gave into President Obama in March 2013 and apologized to Turkey for Turkey’s act of aggression. After 8000+ rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza, an inspection of all cargo entering is imperative. No humanitarian supplies are blocked.
Here is a review:
The flotilla incident was a military operation by Israel against six ships of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla” on May 31, 2010 on international waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The flotilla, carrying 10,000 tons of ‘humanitarian aid’, was dispatched by Turkey to run through Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip and establish new shipping routes. The Israeli government contacted each ship captain, as well as the non-governmental organizations, and Turkish government, participating in the flotilla.
When the flotilla was about 80 miles from the Gaza coast, Israeli commandos — armed with paintball guns — rappeled aboard. Five of the ships were turned back. But when the commandos boarded the sixth, the Mavi Marmara, they were swarmed by the waiting mob, who attacked them with knives, metal bars, guns and at least one firebomb.
Nine activists were killed (eight Turkish nationals and a Turkish American), and dozens of activists and seven Israeli commandos were wounded.
The UN, France, and the US immediately rushed to judge Israel guilty. It’s the same old story; pay no attention to facts.
I was surprised when PM Netanyahu caved on the phone call and disappointed that he is doing it again.