Despite the progressing reconciliation talks between Israel and Turkey, President Erdogan’s spokesman makes clear that an official agreement has not yet been reached. “We are not withdrawing our demand to end the Gaza blockade,” he said.

Are Israel and Turkey far from reconciliation?

Are Israel and Turkey far from reconciliation? Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israel’s reconciliation with Turkey is getting more complicated. On Monday, President Erdogan’s spokesman said that Turkey will not withdraw its demand to end Israel’s blockade on Gaza. 

Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, stated that at this point there is no agreement on the two countries’ reconciliation, but discussions on the subject matter are expected to last for the next few weeks.

Ibrahim Kalin’s statement contrasts the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s announcement from Friday, which claimed that substantial progress was being made by Turkish and Israeli teams in renewing the two countries’ ties. According to the Turkish Foreign Minister, there is a chance that a reconciliation agreement will be signed at the next meeting.

The talks began on a positive note, mainly focusing on cooperation between the two countries following the recent terror attack in Istanbul, in which three Israelis were murdered. In the past, Turkey has stated that normalization of ties between the countries will not occur unless Israel compensates the casualties from the 2010 Gaza flotilla incident, in which Shayetet 13 soldiers raided a Turkish flotilla in the middle of the sea. On the other hand, the Israeli government stated that its main obstacle is Hamas’ presence in Turkey.