UPDATE: According to Fox News, Netanyahu also agreed to compensate the families of the victims:
Obama, who arrived in Jordan Friday after his first visit to Israel as president, had discussed relations with Turkey during his time on the ground meeting with Israeli officials. This culminated with the call from the tarmac to Erdogan on Friday. Netanyahu also reportedly agreed to compensate the families of the victims.
So what did Obama hang over Netanyahu’s head in order for him to agree? This really does smell like blackmail of some sort to me.
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This is freaking unbelievable. Israel did absolutely nothing wrong in the 2010 flotilla incident. Those jihadists attacked Israel and deserved what they got. They intended to attack Israel from the beginning. There was no reason for Netanyahu to apologize for anything.
Obama is a disgrace to America and to the world:
PJ TATLER – President Obama went to the Middle East with hopes of stamping his signature on the stalled peace process, but comes home claiming another diplomatic victory as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Gaza flotilla incident.
According to senior administration officials, after Obama’s needling Netanyahu phoned Erdogan for the first time since 2009 and apologized for the Mavi Mara flotilla incident and acknowledged “operational mistakes.” Erdogan accepted the apology.
The officials said Netanyahu made the call from a trailer at the airport just before Obama took off. At some point, Obama hopped on the phone in the 30-minute conversation.
One official called a “first step” toward normalization of relations between the two countries and both added it had been a topic of talks with Obama this week.
“I welcome the call today between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister Erdogan. The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security,” Obama said in a statement.