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March 23, 2013


Obama Brokers Israeli Apology

"Under persistent prodding from President Obama, Israel and Turkey resolved a bitter three-year dispute on Friday with a diplomatic thaw that will help a fragile region confront Syria's civil war, while handing the president a solid accomplishment as he closed out his visit to the Middle East," the New York Times reports.

Just before Obama left for Jordan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and apologized for deadly errors in Israel's 2010 raid on a Turkish ship... Mr. Erdogan accepted Mr. Netanyahu's gesture, and both sides agreed to dispatch envoys to each other's nations, having recalled them in 2011."

Josh Marshall: "No doubt this was part of a package that emerged out of Obama's visit."












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