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Is Turkish-Israeli normalization on track?

All signs point to the beginning of a thaw in Israeli-Turkish relations.
Turkish cruise ship Mavi Marmara, carrying pro-Palestinian activists and humanitarian aid to Gaza, leaves from Sarayburnu port in Istanbul May 22, 2010. The ship, sponsored by Turkey's Islamic and pro-Palestinian rights group, The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), will join an international flotilla aiming to break Gaza blockade expected to sail at the end of May. REUTERS/Emrah Dalkaya (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2E8IC

According to a statement by a senior Israeli official to Turkey’s Jewish community newspaper Salom, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returns from Japan on Friday, the agreement with Turkey will be signed and relations between the two countries will return to normal as soon as possible.

As Salom reported, when Netanyahu signs the agreement, the four-year deadlock between the two countries, which began with the Israeli attack in May 2010 on the Mavi Marmara ferryboat trying to break the blockade of Gaza, will end. Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said last week that questions between the two countries have mostly been resolved.

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