Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Charlie Rose, April 28 2014. (screen capture: YouTube)
A Compensation deal between Israel and Turkey that will pave the way for reestablished ties has been reached, Turkish Prime Minister  Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday during an interview on American television.  Erdogan, speaking to PBS’s Charlie Rose, said the deal, which would lead to “normalization,” would be signed in the coming weeks. Israeli sources confirmed on Tuesday that a deal was close. Israel and Turkey have been negotiating for several months a compensation agreement for the families of nine Turks who died aboard the MV Mavi Marmara in May 2010 after an Israeli raid to stop the Gaza blockade-busting vessel. More