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Difficulties, opportunities following apology

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It seems the normalization process with Israel will be a long and challenging one after Israel apologized to Turkey for the 2010 raid. Turkey has three conditions for completely mending ties between the two countries: an apology for the raid, paying compensation to the families of the victims of the raid, and abolishing the blockade on Gaza. The first has been realized and Israel does not seem to be creating difficulties for the second condition either. But the Gaza issue is way more challenging than the other two.

Ankara may exert more pressure on Israel to eliminate the blockade and Israel will most probably not like this. However, I think this challenge might turn into an opportunity if Turkey takes up the role of mediator in a peace process the US also wants to launch between Palestine and Israel. The prime minister's planned visit to Gaza will be a test for this plan.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130406/difficulties-opportunities-following-apology