Turkish delegation in Israel for 1st time since 2010 raid

Move could signal thaw in relations, frozen since Israel’s deadly 2010 raid on Gaza-bound aid flotilla

Turkish delegation in Israel for 1st time since 2010 raid

World Bulletin / News Desk

A delegation from Turkey on Monday arrived in Tel Aviv for the first time since bilateral ties were frozen in the wake of Israel’s 2010 assault on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine Turkish activists were killed.

The delegation is headed by Prof. Jovan Sak, executive chairman of the Policies and Economic Studies Institute, a Turkish think-tank.

According to Israeli media reports, the Turkish delegation will meet with Ayoub Kara, Israel’s deputy minister for regional cooperation and a member of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament).

Delegation members plan to discuss Turkish government proposals for the establishment of an industrial zone near the northern West Bank city of Jenin aimed at supporting the struggling Palestinian economy.

The Turkish government has expressed its readiness to invest more than $100 million in the West Bank region.

Turkish-Israeli relations have been frozen since May 2010, when Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists during a raid on a ship carrying aid to the blockaded Gaza Strip.

A 10th Turkish national injured in the raid died last year after almost four years in a coma.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 31 Ağustos 2015, 17:34