The reconciliation begun between Israel and Turkey after a six-year crisis in relations should continue despite the recent coup attempt in Ankara, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.
Israel and Turkey signed a deal in late June, under which Israel would pay compensation to the relatives of 10 Turkish nationals killed in an Israeli takeover of a ship headed to break the Gaza siege. Turkey for its part promised not to prosecute Israeli soldiers and leaders at international courts.
"Israel and Turkey recently agreed on a reconciliation process between them. We assume that this process will continue without any connection to the dramatic events in Turkey over the weekend," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem Sunday.
A government statement Saturday said: "Israel respects the democratic process in Turkey and looks forward to the continuation of the reconciliation process between Turkey and Israel."