Obama Brokers Apology From Israel to Turkey
Netanyahu admits 'mistakes' in fatal flotilla attack
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 2:20 PM CDT
President Obama listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their visit to a hospital in Jerusalem, Israel, Friday, March 22, 2013.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama today pulled a diplomatic victory out of his 3-day trip to Israel by brokering a detente between Israel and Turkey, Reuters reports. As Obama ended the visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish PM Tayyip Erdogan and apologized for "mistakes" made during the flotilla incident that killed nine Turkish citizens in 2010. Israeli marines raided the flotilla as it challenged Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Now Turkey and Israel have "agreed to restore normalization" of relations and allow ambassadors to return to their posts, said Netanyahu's office. Erdogan said he "accepted this apology" and "valued centuries-long friendship" between the two countries. For his part, Obama said the rapprochement will "advance regional peace and security." Telling detail: Netanyahu made the half-hour call from a runway trailer at Tel Aviv airport just before Obama left—a sign that the deal may have been a toughy, the BBC reports.

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Plato
Mar 23, 2013 7:18 PM CDT
Not only does American taxpayers money flow to Israel at the rate of three billion dollars every year, and I do mean year after year after year ad infinitum, but now Israel has to have our President set the stage so Israel can apologize to Turkey. I understand why Israel desired to get Turkey to accept their apology, because Israel is seeking to find at least one other ally beside our country, the U. S. Israel is a rogue country and it shows.
BinThereDunThat
Mar 23, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
Yesterday, when other stations were showing what was happening with Obama in Israel, what was Fox News doing? Showing discussions of people wanting to repeal Obamacare! No wonder Fox watchers don't know what the Hell is going on. Fox only lets you see what they want you to see. And you morons fall for it everytime.
bruno937
Mar 22, 2013 11:01 PM CDT
Israel apologized? Israel was wrong??? Ohh geezzz !! How is that possible? Israel can't do no wrong. Guess the Turks are teaching Israel the benefits of being humble. You can only go so far with endless arrogance.