“Remember, recently there were 24 Pakistani soldiers killed by mistake by American forces, and the Americans sent a letter that was accepted in Pakistan. And I believe this could be a good platform to clear away the issue,” Hürriyet quoted Ayalon as saying.

According to Hürriyet, when pressed to define the statement as an apology, Ayalon responded positively.

“If you read the text, I think that should be very clear to everyone. The American text that was sent to Pakistan, I think this is a good base to work [from]. This is what I suggest,” Hürriyet quoted Ayalon as saying.

Commenting on the status of communication, Ayalon said Israel is engaging in back channel discussions with Turkey.