Israel apologizes to Turkey, reads every headline. That simply isn’t true in the sense it is taken to imply. To understand what happened one must examine the long negotiations on this issue.
But Israel has good reasons for making such a deal at this time. The longer-term one is the desire to reduce its number of conflicts, especially with a possible confrontation with Iran over nuclear weapons in future. But the more immediate issue was Syria. Indeed, with two exchanges of fire between Syrian and Israeli army forces in two days a military confrontation with the Syrian regime is possible. Since Turkey also opposes the regime an Israeli rapprochement with Turkey is going to deter the Assad regime. It will also let Israel better discover what's happening with Turkish policy and among the Syrian opposition groups that are mainly based in Turkey.
Obama’s role in this deal is not entirely clear. Did he put any pressure on Erdogan or Netanyahu? Did he promise either or both sides some benefits for making a deal?
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