February 12, 2014 - 18:06 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Israeli-Turkish ties became practically frozen after the 2010 incident with Mavi Marmara, aboard which Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla resulted in the deaths of 9 Turkish activists and injuries of Israeli soldiers.
As Israeli political analyst Alexander Tsinker told PanARMENIAN.Net immediately after the incident, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded for apologies and compensation from Jerusalem. Despite the international investigation committee’s announcing Israeli actions to have been legally acceptable, the country's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered official apologies, accepted by Erdogan.
"Though the issue of compensations hasn't been quite finalized, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a local television station that Israel and Turkey are closer than ever to normalizing relations. He noted that there has recently been momentum and a new approach in compensation talks and that most of the differences have been recently removed in these discussions," the analyst said.
"It would only be logical to infer that a rapprochement is in progress; yet, several days ago, Erdogan demanded a "written protocol" from Israel pledging it will lift the siege over the Gaza Strip as a condition for signing a reconciliation agreement and normalizing relations between the two countries.
The question here is why Turkey would meddle with the internal Palestinian-Israeli problems. According to the Turkish principle for settlement of bilateral ties, Israel should demand the Erdogan government for an agreement to form an independent Kurdish republic in the eastern Turkey, and, above all, written recognition of the 1915 Armenian Genocide," the analyst stressed.