Report: Turkey-Israel normalization talks underway

A Turkish official said Thursday that Turkish-Israeli talks to end a diplomatic crisis between the two countries are on track and can be concluded at any time, Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported.

“This should not surprise anyone,” the official, who spoke this week on condition of anonymity, told the Turkish newspaper regarding progress in the normalization process, adding “I do not see any political obstacle standing in the way of normalization,” the official said.

Relations between Israel and its former strategic partner, Turkey, were badly frayed in 2010 when Israeli nine Turkish activists were killed in an IDF raid on a boat challenging Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas Islamist-run Gaza Strip.