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Israel, Turkey Discuss Flotilla Compensation

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Senior Israeli officials are in Turkey to discuss compensation for a deadly 2010 naval raid on a ship carrying aid to the Gaza Strip. Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists aboard the ship, which was trying toeach Gaza in defiance of an Israeli blockademeant to keep weapons from Hamas militants.

The meeting Monday in Ankara is part of an effort to restore diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel, which became strained after the incident.

Turkey has demanded Israel apologize for the raid, provide compensation and end its restrictions against the Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized last month in a telephone call to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. U.S. President Barack Obama brokered the move during a visit to Israel.

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by: Zoran from: China
April 22, 2013 1:07 PM
the dominant themes in Israeli discussions (restaurants, house parties, you know, all social gatherings Israelis are renowned for) are almost without exception centered on new technologies, new materials, new communication technologies, new medical technologies... i was stunned!! I thought they will be talking about security, terrorism, Iran... not even remotely. every time i go there i am stunned by the depths of intellectual exchange just sitting at a restaurant and listening a new theory of molecular attraction viewed through the framework of mathematical Topology!!! i am not kidding..

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by: Noreen McCullough from: SC USA
April 22, 2013 5:00 PM
its an incredible country, no doubt. My daughter has been living there for the past five years and does not want to come home. I was so nervous to let her go to Israel no less... but she loves it.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
April 22, 2013 10:05 AM
Should Obama make Israel go through all this? Is it not enough to stop at the apologies? This is humiliation. It is a show of Obama's disdain for Israel just to contribute his quota to Arab hatred of their most prosperous, most advanced and most democratic neighbors. Has American Middle East democracy translated to humiliating Israel at all costs? Some restraint should be applied here, otherwise the crazy people out there will want to hinge all progress to be made on Israel taking back their actions, whether right or wrong. Don't rob Peter to pay Paul. It's like granting boko haram amnesty in Nigeria - MEANINGLESS!

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by: lophoc24h from: Vietnam
April 22, 2013 2:03 PM
The Israel has no benefit from Obama visit. It's humiliation, sure

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