Talks between Israel and Turkey on compensation for the victims of a deadly 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla have stalled over disagreement on the legal definition of the damages, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said in comments published Thursday.

Bulent Arinc told a group of journalists that Israel wanted to make a voluntary payment out of compassion, while Turkey insists that Israel accept liability for a “wrongful act.” His words were reported by Zaman and Hurriyet Daily News newspapers.

Israel and Turkeys have been working on repairing ties that were frayed after the May 31, 2020 raid which killed eight Turks and one Turkish-American when Israeli commandos stormed a ship that was bound for the Gaza Strip. Israel maintains a blockade on the territory.

Under a U.S.-brokered rapprochement in March, Israel apologized to Turkey for the deaths and agreed to pay compensation. Washington regards both countries as strategic partners in the troubled Middle East.

The countries have since held a series of meetings to work out compensation for the surviving victims as well as the relatives of the dead.

source: the hindu