Prime Minister's Office: Progress Made in Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Talks

Israeli delegation to reconciliation talks returns from Zurich, talks to resume in near future.

ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid
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A billboard with photos of Netanyahu and his Turkish counterpart Erdogan, celebrating Israel's apology, in Ankara, March 25, 2013.Credit: AP
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

The Prime Minister's Office said on Thursday that progress has been made in Israel-Turkey reconciliation talks during the latest round of negotiations in Zurich, Switzerland.

"The Israeli delegation for talks, including the prime minister's emissary Joseph Ciechanover and deputy national security adviser Jacob Nagel returned to Israel," the Prime Minister's Office said, adding that "there are still some issues that need to be discussed in the near future."

A senior Turkish official said Thursday that the reconciliation talks with Israel are going well, but emphasized that the sides have not yet achieved a breakthrough. "We have information to the effect that the talks are progressing well, but until we see the practical consequences of the talks we won't be able to say that there's a deal," said the spokesman for the ruling AKP party, Omer Celik.

Earlier Thursday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon expressed deep skepticism during a press conference he held after his meeting with the Swiss defense minister in Bern about the prospects of reaching a reconciliation deal with Turkey.

Ya'alon asserted that Turkey has to close the Hamas command post in Istanbul as a condition for normalization of relations with Israel.