The spokesperson for Turkey’s ruling political party expressed optimistic views regarding the reconciliation deal with Jerusalem. He stated that the disputes have been settled and a compromise can be reached regarding the Mavi Marmara affair. According to assessments, Israel will not agree to remove the siege but a fund to compensate the victims will be established.

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A high ranking Turkish official stated today (Monday) that the talks between Jerusalem and Ankara have “reached the stage where both sides are prepared to sign a reconciliation deal after the Mavi Marmara affair.” According to the source, the spokesperson for Turkey’s ruling political party, understandings have been reached that allow the signing of an agreement. The spokesperson spoke about the recent negotiation and said that, according to reports, Israel offered to compensate the victims but refused to remove the Gaza siege.

AKP’s spokesperson Omer Celik was interviewed by a local TV station and said that recently the talks have advanced and both the sides are close to a compromise following the 2010 Mavi Marmara affair. This affair caused a diplomatic rift between the countries when IDF soldiers invaded a Turkish flotilla and eliminated 10 terrorists.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refused to comment on the reports of negotiation advancements.

Last week, it was reported that, as part of the reconciliation efforts between the countries, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Malcolm Hoenlein, who is considered a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, flew straight from Jerusalem to meet with the 2 Turkish leaders.