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Israel extracted its own natural gas

Today Israel has extracted its gas from the field "Tamar" in the Mediterranean Sea. Tel Aviv hopes to gain energy independence and even export potential.

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The Hyrriyet published an article today entitled "Mending Israel-Turkey ties" by Guven Sak. The author of the article describes the Obama factor in Israel’s apology for any wrongdoing during the Mavi Marmara incident: "It was under the watchful eyes of President Obama himself that Prime Minister Netanyahu finally read the text to Prime Minister Erdoğan over the telephone. His voice did not sound happy, but he finally did the right thing. The apology text was agreed on over a year ago but only now, after the Israeli elections, did Netanyahu finally give in and read it.

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Israel starts talks with Ankara

 Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, representative of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lawyer Itskhak Molkho, advisor of Netanyahu for national security Aakov Amidror will visit Turkey next week to have talks with the government.

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Israeli apologies to Turkey show leaders are influential says US ambassador

US ambassador to Turkey Francis Riccardone met today with Turkish minister of the economy Zafer Çağlayan and representatives of American companies operating in the country.The ambassador touched upon the Israeli apologies to Turkey over the flotilla raid and said the fact shows how influential both leaders (Netanyahu and Erdoğan) are.The ambassador also said that normalization of Turkish-Israeli relations will lead to enhanced economic cooperation between the two countries.

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US to involve Arab states in Palestinian-Israeli peace process

 Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasser Abed Rabbo said that the US will involve Arab states in the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, Interfax reports.The official mentioned Jordan and Egypt as the states to support the dialogue.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was fine with the negotiations, but refused to recognize the Palestinian state according to borders set in 1967. He also refused to grant Palestine control over East Jerusalem.Washington plans to help the sides settle the conflict. 

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Discussions of Israel’s apologies continue

 Discussions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s apologies to Turkey escalated since Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish ambassador would not return to Tel Aviv and no normalization of ties would happen until the Gaza blockade ends.

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 The US plans to present a plan of political steps in two months to Palestine and Israel to settle their conflict, Interfax reports.US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the Middle East initiated peace processes in the region and searches for solutions. The visit of US President Barack Obama to Israel and efforts of Kerry will contribute to normalization of US-Palestinian relations. 

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Israel celebrates Pesach and Nowruz

Two days before the Jewish holiday of Pesach, the festival of Nowruz was celebrated in Israel. Nowruz is not associated with religion in the country and is marked by immigrants from post-Soviet countries such as Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan as a spring day.

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The main purpose of US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel became clear only on the last day of his visit. Right after the US president left for Jordan, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu apologised to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla that took place three years ago.

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Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is going to visit the Gaza Strip, the head of the Hamas cabinet, Ismail Haniya says.The exact date of the visit has not been reported yet, but it is expected to be made soon.As the Israeli prime minister's office announced earlier, Turkey and Israel have recently agreed to restore diplomatic relations.

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