Turkey’s Deputy PM Expects to Visit Israel Soon

A demonstrator burns an Israeli flag as he sits between Turkish (L) and Palestinian flags during a protest against Israel on June 5, 2010 at Caglayan Square in Istanbu

Ynetnews reports: Only a few hours after the Turkish Parliament formally approved the reconciliation agreement with Israel, high ranking Turkish officials have said that business will soon be back to usual, and that Deputy Turkish Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek is willing to come visit the Jewish state.

“The reconciliation agreement with Israel is good for Turkey and for the entire region,” Şimşek wrote in a message. “I expect to visit Israel during my next round of international visits.”

Israel already signed the agreement, while Turkey only officially signed the agreement on Saturday. As part of the agreement, Israel will pay the families of those who were killed aboard the Mavi Marmara $20 million within the next 25 days.

Meanwhile, Turkey will cancel all lawsuits against the IDF soldiers and officers who were involved in the incident.

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