Reconciliation pact struck with Turkey: Israeli official

A demonstrator burns an Israeli flag as he sits between Turkish (L) and Palestinian flags during a protest against Israel on June 5, 2010 in IstanbulIsrael and Turkey have reached “understandings” to normalise ties, at a low since the Jewish state’s deadly 2010 raid on a Turkish ship headed for the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said Thursday. The deal, drafted at a secret meeting in Switzerland, calls for Israel to compensate victims of the raid, a return of envoys and the start of talks on gas exports to Turkey, the unnamed official said. All Turkish lawsuits against Israel will be cancelled, and Turkey will prevent senior Hamas operative Salah Aruri from entering its territory and acting from there, the source added.

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