Relations with Israel became tense after the Mavi Marmara incident; However, the reconciliation efforts of many people have paid off with Israel apologizing and the parties began to negotiate compensation.
One of the people who showed the greatest effort in this is Mr. Adnan Oktar. Mr. Adnan Oktar’s calls for an apology captured much attention and it actually took place.
Recently, after Prime Minister Erdoğan gave an interview to Charlie Rose from PBS Television saying, “Agreement with Israel is close”, Israel confirmed this statement.
May 3rd, 2014: Rota Haber
In his interview with Charlie Rose from PBS Television, Prime Minister Erdoğan said that an agreement with Israel was coming soon and Israel confirmed that statement.
According to Israeli officials, the agreement that will normalize relations between Israel and Turkey could be signed in 10 days. With the context of the agreement, Israel will pay $21 million dollars in compensation. Turkey will drop the criminal cases opened against the Israeli soldiers and officials who took part in the operation.
Kaçkar TV: June 3rd, 2010
ADNAN OKTAR: Now there our Muslim brothers were martyred. So what are we supposed to say? It was an ugly act. We condemn it AND WE DEMAND THAT THEY APOLOGIZE. We don't suggest that we should go and attack Israel. We are reasonable people. We think rationally. But it was a very abnormal act. All Muslims were offended. We were offended. It offended everyone. LOOK WHAT DOES “APOLOGIZE” MEAN? IT MEANS, “APOLOGIZE SO WE CAN CONTINUE BEING FRIENDS.” Of course, we face such incidents all the time. We are forgiving and compassionate; but AN APOLOGY AND A GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN ARE VERY IMPORTANT. AND THEY CAN MAKE A STATEMENT TO MAKE UP FOR WHAT HAPPENED.
A9 TV: February 25th, 2013
(About the Israeli Minister of Defense sending a proposal to Netanyahu about apologizing for the Mavi Marmara incident)
ADNAN OKTAR: We will persuade them. Now they will come here again. Actually we convinced them but still they have some concerns. We will talk when they come again. THEY WILL APOLOGIZE TO HIS FAMILY AND THE TURKISH PEOPLE. I TALKED TO THEM. THEY WILL APOLOGIZE TO THE TURKISH PEOPLE AND THE FAMILY OF THE BOY WHO WAS MARTYRED AND THEY WILL PAY A SYMBOLIC COMPENSATION . I talked to them. They will deposit $900,000 dollars into a bank account in the name of the families in question. We talked about this, insha’Allah.
July 25th, 2013: A9 TV
ADNAN OKTAR: I think that there is no need to prolong the matter in such a tense environment. We have said this before; I got them to accept paying compensatio as well as apologizing to the Turkish people. I said, “You apologize and leave the rest.” I said, “Pay compensation.” They said, “Alright.” I think here Turkey needs to be easy on them. Compensation is something they can pay immediately. They need to align with Israel after the payment and a statement. I am saying that it could happen. They should pay the compensation; deposit it into a bank account. They already apologized. But of course that compensation is not a favor; it is blood money. It is in both the Qur’an and the Torah. It will be paid as blood money.