Turkey Says Reconciliation With Israel Remains on Track After Coup Attempt

Turkish officials thanked Israel for its message of support for Turkish democracy, official says.

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wave flags outside parliament building in Ankara, Turkey, July 16, 2016.
Baz Ratner, Reuters

Senior Israeli and Turkish government officials spoke by phone on Sunday following the attempted coup in Turkey over the weekend, a senior official in Jerusalem said.

According to the official, the Turkish officials thanked the Israeli Foreign Foreign Ministry for its message from Saturday, in which it expressed support for democracy in Turkey. The Turkish officials clarified that despite the attempted coup, Turkey intends to carrying on with the process of reconciliation with Israel and to implement the agreement between the two countries as planned.

Israel and Turkey signed an agreement on June 28 to normalize diplomatic ties and end a six-year crisis that erupted following the death of nine Turkish civilians during a raid by Israeli commandos on the Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza Strip, in May 2010.

Turkey’s parliament is expected to vote on Wednesday on the reconciliation agreement and pass a law that will annul any claims against Israeli officers and soldiers who were involved in the takeover of the flotilla to Gaza in May 2010. After the law is passed, Israel will pay Turkey $20 million that will be transferred to the families of Turkish citizens who were killed by IDF soldiers during the flotilla raid. Normalization of ties will begin immediately afterwards, and ambassadors will be appointed to both countries.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the attempted coup in Turkey will not affect the reconciliation deal.

"Israel and Turkey recently agreed on a reconciliation process," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "It is our assumption that this process will continue regardless of the dramatic events in Turkey over the weekend."