Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he wanted to better relations between Israel and Turkey, avoiding an apology from Turkey after a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in May.
In an interview with state-owned Israeli television, Netanyahu confirmed one of his cabinet ministers had met a Turkish official this week, which would be the highest level contacts between the countries in weeks.
"There are still no agreements between us and Turkey," Netanyahu said. "But it is good to try to stop the deterioration" in relations since the May 31 raid in which Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish citizens.
Turkey demands from Israel apology as well as an international probe into the killings, redress for victims' families and retrieval of three Turkish ships seized by Israel, Turkish diplomatic sources have said.
Turkey, a Muslim country that had been Israel's strategic ally, accused it of state terrorism, piracy and has recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv and demanded it lift its siege.