Turkey submits to parliament a deal for normalization of ties with Israel


The file photo shows a general view of the Turkish parliament.

The Turkish government has submitted to parliament an agreement with the Israeli regime for the normalization of ties after it was delayed over an abortive coup in the country.
The state-run Anadolu agency said the deal was submitted to the parliament on Wednesday for ratification. The legislative body is expected to approve the agreement before it goes into summer recess later this month.
The normalization agreement was reached in June, when accepted to receive more than USD 20 million in compensation for a 2010 raid by Israeli forces on a Turkish aid ship bound for the besieged Gaza Strip that left 10 Turks dead.
According to the text of the deal, Israel is set to pay the sum in 25 days and Turkey will in return withdraw its legal claims over the 2010 deadly incident.
The Israeli cabinet swiftly approved the deal in June but Turkey delayed the legislative action over the failed coup of July 15.
The ratification by the Turkish parliament would mean that Israel and Turkey could exchange ambassadors and restore full diplomatic ties. The report by Anadolu did not say on which day the deal will be debated.
Ankara claims the normalization deal could also benefit the Palestinians as Israel has agreed to ease its blockade on Gaza, allowing Ankara to deliver humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the coastal enclave. The Turkish government says Israel has also offered a formal apology as demanded by Turkish officials after the 2010 raid.

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