Rapprochement Deal With Israel Submitted to Turkish Parliament for Vote

Bill annulling all Turkish claims against Israeli soldiers will also see Israel transfer $20m in compensation for those killed on Gaza flotilla.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Archive

The Turkish government submitted Wednesday a bill ratifying the rapprochement agreement with Israel to the parliament in Ankara.

The bill annuls all legal claims filed against Israeli soldiers who participated in the raid on the Mavi Marmara aid flotilla to Gaza in May 2010 and would grant Israelis immunity before any future suits related to the incident.

The bill stipulates that 24 days after the agreement is ratified by the Turkish parliament, Israel will transfer some $20 million to a humanitarian fund to be set up by the Turkish government, which will pay out compensation to the families of Turks killed during the raid.

Israel Navy forces approaching the Mavi Marmara bound for Gaza, May 31, 2010.Credit: Reuters

The vote is expected to take place on Thursday.

After the accord is ratified and the funds are transferred, the normalization process will begin, and both countries are expected to name new ambassadors to Ankara and Tel Aviv respectively.

Last week, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a press briefing with the Turkish state news agency Anadolu that the deal had not been ratified yet due to a failed July 15 military coup.

Israel and Turkey signed an agreement on June 28 to normalize ties and end a six-year crisis since the killings of nine Turkish civilians on board a flotilla destined for Gaza in May 2010.