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Dec 18, 2015 | 14:16 GMT

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Israel, Turkey: Preliminary Deal Reached To Restore Diplomatic Relations

At a meeting in Switzerland, senior diplomats from Turkey and Israel have reportedly reached a tentative agreement to restore full diplomatic relations, Foreign Policy reported Dec. 18. The two countries suspended their diplomatic ties in 2010 after an incident in which Israeli troops killed 10 Turkish activists trying to break the blockade to Gaza. The agreement would have Turkey drop charges against the Israeli soldiers and help to prevent a top Hamas operative from entering Israel. For its part, the Israeli government will compensate the families of the Turkish activists killed. An unnamed Whitehouse official welcomed the deal, while Israeli opposition leaders voiced their dissent, saying it would give Ankara a reach into Gaza. In recent years, the interests of the two countries have become increasingly aligned, making reconciliation between the two nearly inevitable.

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