Nicaraguan President Ortega suspended ties with Israel in 2010 after the deadly raid on the Turkish flotilla trying enter Gaza.
On Monday, May 31, 2010, Israel Navy troops boarded half a dozen ships that made up a flotilla headed from Turkey for the Gaza Strip. The six-vessel convoy had the intent of breaking through a comprehensive blockade Israel had placed on the coastal territory.
The navy took control of five of the ships without incident, but resistance by activists on the sixth vessel led to clashes that claimed the lives of nine of the boat's passengers, and left dozens of activists and soldiers wounded.
Israel had requested that the flotilla turn off its course, and head for the Israeli port of Ashdod, where the aid it was carrying could be transferred via land to Gaza. This was rejected by the flotilla, leading Israel to dispatch its troops to intercept the ships before they reached Gaza.
The action was condemned internationally, in particular by Turkey, which recalled its ambassador and branded Israel a "terrorist state."
Ramping up dialogue between the two countries, Foreign Ministry's director and his Turkish counterpart will discuss Syria, Russia, Gaza and the West Bank as last year’s thaw continues.
As part of rapprochement deal between Turkey and Israel, court also cancels international arrest warrants against former top officers who were charged with murder for their involvement in Mavi Marmara raid.
The deputy ambassador in Britain, Eitan Na’eh, will take over − the latest improvement since the fallout after the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident.
Dror Feiler, now a Swedish citizen, can't visit his mother in Israel because of his participation in Gaza-bound flotillas.
The 13 women, including a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, were detained on Wednesday after their boat was prevented from reaching the Gaza Strip.
Non-violent resistance to the occupation was showcased this week by the women's flotilla to Gaza. But can it ever advance from the margins of Israeli and Palestinian society?
The Israeli navy intercepted the Zaytouna-Olivia, which sought to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip, without incident on Wednesday.
Troops encounter no resistance, reroute boat to port city Ashdod. Among the boat's 13 passengers are several parliamentarians, an Olympic athlete, a retired U.S. army colonel and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Funds to be given to families of civilians killed on board Mavi Marmara flotilla in 2010; Israeli, Turkish ambassadors expected to be appointed in coming days.