World Citizen: Turkey and Israel, Still No Happy Ending

World Citizen: Turkey and Israel, Still No Happy Ending

It was the phone call heard around the world: The conversation between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hailed as a major diplomatic breakthrough, a triumph for U.S. President Barack Obama, who in the last moments of his trip to Israel last March nudged the two leaders to end their festering disagreement.

Reconciliation, however, is yet to come.

Four months after the call, Israel and Turkey have still not managed to bridge the gaps that have separated them since relations fell apart in May 2010, when an Israeli raid on a Turkish ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza left nine Turkish citizens dead. The outline of an agreement is clear, but the sides are quibbling over details, concepts and amounts.

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