Israel, Turkey Reach Deal to Restore Ties

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will not seek a new mandate as chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) when it holds an extraordinary congress on May 22, local media report

The Times of Israel reports: Israel and Turkey reached a deal to restore ties Sunday, ending protracted talks amid years of acrimony following a deadly 2010 raid on an aid flotilla, an Israeli official said.

The senior Israeli official said a press conference would be held Monday to announce the details of the historic compromise, with the sides signing on the agreement a day later.

The deal includes $20 million in Israeli compensation for Turkish victims of the 2010 raid, as well as a Turkish commitment to help free Israeli prisoners and the bodies of soldiers held in Gaza.

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