It won’t be like it was 10 or 20 years ago, when the alliance between Tel Aviv and Ankara represented the main concentration of power in the Middle East. Nonetheless, the reconciliation, which was signed Tuesday, will not only put an end to a fracture started six years ago when an Israeli commando approached a naval convoy belonging to the “Freedom Flotilla” with humanitarian aid for Gaza in international waters and killed passengers on the Mavi Marmara ferry. The peace between Erdogan, the Turkish leader, and Netanyahu, the Israeli premier, means also that the two Countries are in lockstep on key issues, from the war in Syria, to “containing” Iran, to the security and use of natural resources (gas).
They will also go back to carrying out joint military drills, Globes, the Israeli economic newspaper, reported Monday. The agreement with Turkey is “strategically important,” Netanyahu commented during a press conference in Rome where, between Sunday and Monday, he met John Kerry, the U.S. Secretary of State, and Renzi, the Italian Prime Minister.
After six years, the Israeli Prime Minister emerges victorious from the long-lasting dispute with Ankara. He certainly had to give up on compensations ($20 million) for the families of the victims of the Mavi Marmara, a step which has irritated not a few people in his right-wing majority. And, under American pressure, a short while ago, he reluctantly asked Erdogan forgiveness on behalf of his country for the murder of the 10 passengers.