Turkey asks Parliament to approve deal ending Israel rift



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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is seeking Parliament's approval of a reconciliation deal reached last month with Israel that ends a six-year rift.

The government submitted the agreement on Wednesday, paving the way for the mutual reappointment of ambassadors to the two nations.

Relations between the former allies imploded in 2010 after an Israeli naval raid on a Turkish air ship trying to breach Israel's blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the raid.

Under the terms of the reconciliation agreement, Israel will pay a "lump sum" of $20 million in compensation to the victims within 25 days.

Individual Israeli nationals also would not be held criminally or financially liable for the incident.

It was not immediately clear when the deal would reach the floor of Parliament.

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