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Monday, June 27, 2016

Netanyahu: Deal with Turkey 'a strategic interest for Israel'

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu officially announced Israel's reconciliation deal with Turkey, at a press conference in Rome on Monday afternoon.

The deal has faced fierce opposition within Israel, where many critics have blasted it as a reward to terrorism.

Under the deal, Israel will provide $20 million in compensation to the families of jihadists killed aboard the Mavi Marmara ship, which in 2010 attempted to violently break Israel's blockade on Hamas-ruled Gaza. That is in addition to an official Israeli apology - which has already been issued - and a deal to allow Turkish humanitarian aid into Gaza via Israel.

In exchange, relations between the two one-time allies will return to normal, and talks will commence on a potentially lucrative natural gas deal. READ MORE