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The Turkish Presidency invited a senior Israeli diplomat to the Victory Day reception held on Aug. 30, in the first such invitation since the Mavi Marmara crisis of 2010.  AA photo

The Turkish Presidency invited a senior Israeli diplomat to the Victory Day reception held on Aug. 30, in the first such invitation since the Mavi Marmara crisis of 2010. AA photo

Although relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv are still tense and give no hope of a quick normalization, the presidency invited a senior Israeli diplomat to the Victory Day reception held on Aug. 30, in the first such invitation since the Mavi Marmara crisis of 2010.

Chargé d’affairs of the Israeli Embassy in Ankara, Josef Levy Safari attended the Victory Day reception, marking his first appearance in such a state reception.

According to the sources, the invitation was made as Israel officially apologized to Turkey over the killings of nine Turkish citizens on board of the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara vessel.

Although the normalization process between the two countries could not be completed and no ambassadors have been exchanged, the Israeli issuance of an apology has been seen as sufficient for inviting the chargé d’affairs to the reception.

However, Turkey’s condition for settling the compensation with Israel – requiring Israel’s recognition that the payment to the victims of the Mavi Marmara would be made due to the Israeli state’s wrongful act – is still valid, sources stressed. Compensation talks between the two parties have been suspended due to disagreement on how the compensation would be legally formulated.

September/01/2013

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The Banker

9/3/2013 5:24:00 PM

When was the last time Turkish Army killed Israeli citizens on a mission of peace... Emmm let me think.... No can't recall

Ken Alden

9/2/2013 8:20:59 PM

Out of ten comments 8 are negative against Turkey, this brings to mind the almost profethic quip "What if we aplegise and don't mean it, you still have nothing" pronouncementby you know whom! In this instance, both Nations are loosers, as they try to build Sandcastles in the face of advancing Tide.

Thessalonian

9/2/2013 4:17:53 PM

Ditto David Ellison. Regards

american american

9/2/2013 12:59:50 PM

i guess when you have no muslim friends left, you have to court the jews. hopefully for your sake, the bridges haven`t been too burned; although getting back with your ex never works - akp is single and lonely

david ellison

9/1/2013 11:53:23 PM

James headington: "Israel, the single source of instability" What an ignorant statement when over 110,000 Syrians have died in this civil war. Lebanon is on the edge of destruction as armed militias and Hezbolla overrun their politics. Egypt, Iraq and other nations are in turmoil and somehow Israel is the major source of stability. It goes without saying, just who this person really is

james headington

9/1/2013 10:49:06 PM

Although the gesture is understandable but will not deny the fact that Israel is the single source of instability in the region that could one day engulf Turkey, directly or indirectly, too. I do not understand why the Turkish rulers are taking such a short term view and forgetting that their fortune in kneaded with the regional stability rather than instability. i.e.Syrian people whoever govern them will never be in one boat with Israelis. Why Turkey wants to be in Israeli camp, i do not know,

jim handley

9/1/2013 9:48:31 PM

What a dumb headline. The so called "apology" happened a long time ago and does not need to be stated each time by the Turkish press. It makes the AKP/Press look backwards and a caterer to the lowest elements of its Islamic base

Sid Mark

9/1/2013 9:33:27 PM

How naive can people be?

STONE OWL

9/1/2013 8:05:08 PM

When was the last time anyone remembers Turkey apologizing for anything...I can't recall.

Peter Kypros

9/1/2013 6:39:35 PM

The issue behind all these games are the oil and gas as well as influence in the region. The two countries have some common geopolitical interests but conflicting ones too. The vast majority of Turkish people are against Israel simply because of religion and solidarity with the Palestinian people. The Turkish government uses that to gain economic interests in the Arab countries. Turkey cannot be a reliable ally for Israel in the near future. The apology game is just for public consumption.
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