Defense Minister Moshe ya’alon requires the inclusion in the agreement on normalization of relations with Turkey, a clause providing for the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, reports of Barack Ravid in the newspaper «Haaretz», citing senior officials in Jerusalem.
During the talks, the Turkish side insists on the lifting of the blockade from the Gaza strip. According to Ravid, defense Minister requires to link any changes in the status of Gaza with the return of the bodies of soldiers are in the hands of Hamas since operation protective edge.
According to Haaretz, over the past year, ya’alon was blocked by the signing of the agreement with Turkey, putting forward a number of conditions. In particular, he demanded from Turkey the obligation to stop supporting terrorism and to stop the purchase of oil from terrorists «Islamic state».
Ha’aretz writes that the ya’alon’s office refused anyway to comment on this information.
February 10 was held in Geneva another round of negotiations on the settlement of the Israeli-Turkish relations. The delegation of Israel was headed by personal representative of the Prime Minister Yosef Ciechanover, and Turkey’s Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Feridun sinirlioğlu.