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Official: Turkey funds to be released when it drops Israel lawsuits

Senior source says NIS 20 million to Mavi Marmara victims hinges on parliamentary law to end legal action against IDF soldiers; Israel, Turkey set to announce detente Monday

Marissa Newman is The Times of Israel political correspondent.

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 26, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 26, 2016. (Miriam Alster/FLASH90)
  • Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound prior to the third Friday prayers of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on June 24, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
    Palestinian Muslim worshippers pray in front of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Temple Mount compound prior to the third Friday prayers of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on June 24, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI)
  • An ambulance outside of apartment where a couple was found shot to death on Pika street in Rishon Lezion, on May 25, 2016. (screen capture: Ynet)
    An ambulance outside of apartment where a couple was found shot to death on Pika street in Rishon Lezion, on May 25, 2016. (screen capture: Ynet)
  • Emergency services at the scene of an explosion next to a West Bank checkpoint outside of the Palestinian village of Hizme, May 10, 2016. (Hadashot ZBM)
    Emergency services at the scene of an explosion next to a West Bank checkpoint outside of the Palestinian village of Hizme, May 10, 2016. (Hadashot ZBM)
  • Iraqi government forces clash with Islamic State (IS) group fighters in Fallujah on June 18, 2016 as they hunt down holdout jihadists after retaking the city which was IS's last remaining major hub in Iraq. (Stringer/AFP)
    Iraqi government forces clash with Islamic State (IS) group fighters in Fallujah on June 18, 2016 as they hunt down holdout jihadists after retaking the city which was IS's last remaining major hub in Iraq. (Stringer/AFP)
  • President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at the European Union Parliament in Brussels on June 23, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS)
    President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at the European Union Parliament in Brussels on June 23, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS)
  • Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally in favor of remaining in the EU in central london on June 22, 2016.(AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N)
    Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally in favor of remaining in the EU in central london on June 22, 2016.(AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Sunday’s developments as they unfolded.

Netanyahu says Abbas against direct peace talks

Ahead of his trip to Rome to meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday slams PA President Mahmoud Abbas for spreading “abhorrent lies” against Israel.

Abbas last week falsely accused Israeli rabbis of urging the poisoning of Palestinian wells. He later retracted the remarks.

“Regarding the process with the Palestinians, I think that Abbas last week again proved to the entire world that he is not interested in direct negotiations with Israel,” says Netanyahu. “Worse, he also spread abhorrent lies about the State of Israel and Judaism. True, he quickly apologized, a halfhearted half-apology, but the things he said there were in keeping with what he has said about us on other occasions, including at the UN General Assembly. Therefore, I think that people can conclude from this who wants to advance peace and a peace process – and who does not.”

President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at the European Union Parliament in Brussels on June 23, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS)

President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas delivers a speech at the European Union Parliament in Brussels on June 23, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS)

Iraq’s Fallujah fully cleared of Islamic State

Elite Iraqi forces on Sunday retake the Islamic State group’s last bastion in Fallujah, securing full control of the city after a month-long operation, a spokesman says.

“Today the commander of Fallujah operations Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi announced that the city of Fallujah had been cleared after counter-terrorism forces (CTS) took control of the Jolan neighbourhood,” the force’s spokesman, Sabah al-Noman, tells AFP.

“Jolan was Daesh’s last stronghold in the city and Fallujah is now free of the threat posed by Daesh terrorists,” he says, using an Arab acronym for IS.

“It did not take more than two hours for CTS to retake Jolan. Daesh did not fire a single bullet,” Noman says. “This proves that Daesh was defeated even before our forces got there.”

AFP

Iraqi security forces enter central Fallujah after fight against Islamic State fighters, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo)

Iraqi security forces enter central Fallujah after fight against Islamic State fighters, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo)

UK Labour Party revolts against leader over Brexit

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing an open revolt as political turmoil continues to grip Britain after the country voted to leave the European Union.

The main opposition party is in turmoil Sunday with two members of the shadow cabinet leaving their posts in a direct challenge to Corbyn.

Corbyn first fired shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn after Benn told Corbyn he had lost confidence in Corbyn’s ability to lead the party.

“There is no confidence that we will be able to win a general election as long as Jeremy remains the leader,” Benn told the BBC’s flagship breakfast show. “He’s a good and decent man, but he is not a leader. And that’s a problem.”

Benn’s dismissal was followed by the resignation of Labour health spokeswoman Heidi Alexander, who released a letter saying a change of leadership was needed.

“Those who will be hit hardest by the economic shock associated with the vote to leave the EU need a strong opposition, as do those communities who fear rising levels of intolerance, hatred and division,” she wrote.

However, Corbyn’s allies say he will remain in his post.

Labour legislator and Corbyn backer Diane Abbott says Sunday morning Corbyn would not step down despite the mounting opposition, adding he is still backed by party members.

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British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn joins steel workers following a protest march through central London, May 25, 2016. (AFP/Leon Neal)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn joins steel workers following a protest march through central London, May 25, 2016. (AFP/Leon Neal)

Brexit makes unity even more important — EU’s Mogherini

Britain leaving the European Union makes it even more important the bloc presents a united front against growing global challenges, EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini says Sunday.

“The purpose, even existence, of our Union is being questioned. Yet, our citizens and the world need a strong European Union like never before,” Mogherini says in a global strategy review EU leaders will discuss at a summit next week.

“In challenging times, a strong Union is one that thinks strategically, shares a vision and acts together,” she says.

“This is even more true after the British referendum.”

AFP

EU parliament urges Britain to start Brexit by Tuesday

European Parliament President Martin Schulz wants Britain to officially apply for an exit from the European Union already by Tuesday, following its vote to leave the bloc.

Schulz tells weekly Bild am Sonntag Sunday that “we now expect the British government to deliver. The summit on Tuesday is the right moment for this.”

Top EU officials have repeatedly pressed Britain for a quick exit to avoid a period of uncertainty for the remaining 27 EU countries.

The victorious “leave” campaigners in Britain have said there’s no rush to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which will begin a two-year exit process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the UK and the EU.

AP

Birthright trip offers college credits

The first Birthright trip offering Jewish students from the United States academic credit is currently traveling in Israel.

The students will attend academic courses at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, or IDC, and at Ben Gurion University in the Negev during their two-week stay. The program will entitle participants to three academic credits at their academic institutes in the United States, according to Taglit Birthright.

Some 50 students from colleges and universities in the United States are participating in the first cohort.

At the IDC, the students will learn about “The challenge of terrorism in Israel and the Middle East” and will study “Global Warming, Renewable Energy and the Desert Ecosystem” at Ben Gurion University. As part of the terrorism course, the students will visit an Iron Dome battery in the field. As part of the ecosystem course, the students will snorkel in the coral reef in Eilat.

JTA

Illustrative: Birthright Israel participants visiting Yad Vashem, summer 2012 (JTA/Taglit-Birthright Israel participants taken with permission inside Yad Vashem)

Illustrative: Birthright Israel participants visiting Yad Vashem, summer 2012 (JTA/Taglit-Birthright Israel participants taken with permission inside Yad Vashem)

Ministerial panel approves bill for 6 long weekends a year

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves a bill by Kulanu MK Eli Cohen calling for six long weekends per year for Israeli employees, beginning in 2017.

The bill will now go to the plenum for a preliminary vote.

Israelis enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv, as a heatwave hits Israel. May 16, 2016. (Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Israelis enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv, as a heatwave hits Israel. May 16, 2016. (Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

Labour member pens personal rebuke to Corbyn

Former British shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander’s resignation letter reads as a personal rebuke to Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The letter released Sunday marks the start of an open revolt against Corbyn’s leadership role following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Senior party figures are trying to pressure him to resign.

Alexander writes: “I do not believe you have the capacity to shape the answers our country is demanding and I believe that if we are to form the next government, a change of leadership is essential.”

She says Britain needs an “effective opposition” at a time of unprecedented challenges.

Other members of the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet have also resigned to protest Corbyn’s performance as leader.

AP

IS video shows murder of 5 media activists seized in October

A video emerges showing Islamic State group militants killing five media activists who worked in an IS-held city in eastern Syria.

The 15-minute video was published online Sunday, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the five activists had been in IS detention since October and are believed to have been killed in December.

The head of the Observatory, Rami Aburrahman, has confirmed that one of the activists identified in the video cooperated with his monitoring group. Abdurrahman says the news of the killing was withheld because no bodies had surfaced and the families feared retribution for reporting on their sons’ deaths.

The graphic video is circulating at a time when the group is under intense military pressure in Syria, Iraq and Libya.

AP

Kerry urges Britain, EU to manage their divorce responsibly

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urges Britain and the European Union to manage their divorce responsibly for the sake of global markets and citizens, a day before he was to become the first senior American official to visit London and Brussels since the United Kingdom’s historic referendum.

Kerry emphasizes the importance of thoughtful cooperation at a time of economic uncertainty and fears about crumbling European unity. He says he will bring a message of US support to both capitals. But he offers no concrete suggestions for how the two sides should make good on the decision by British voters to leave the 28-nation bloc.

“The most important thing is that all of us, as leaders, work together to provide as much continuity, as much stability, as much certainty as possible,” Kerry says as he meets in Rome with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Responsible handling of the situation, he says, will help “the marketplace understand there are ways to minimize disruption, there are ways to smartly move ahead in order to protect the values and interests that we share.”

Kerry had scheduled talks in Rome with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Sunday. But confronted with the gravity of Britain’s vote on Thursday, which crushed markets from the US to Japan, Kerry set up a frantic, four-nation schedule for Monday.

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US.Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, leave after a press briefing after their meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 2, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

US.Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, leave after a press briefing after their meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 2, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Israel arrests 3 Palestinian dentists over May attack

Israel’s Shin Bet security service reveals it arrested three Palestinian dentists, a nurse, and another suspected member of a terror cell who are suspected of carrying out an IED attack on an IDF officer last month near Hizme in the West Bank and of planning to carry out additional attacks in the future.

On May 10 — just after the start of Israel’s Memorial Day — an Israeli officer was seriously wounded when an improvised explosive device was detonated near his face outside the Palestinian village of Hizma.

Dr. Samer Mahmoud Daoud al-Halabiyeh, a dentist from Abu Dis outside of Jerusalem, is believed to be the operation’s ringleader, who both placed and detonated the pipe bombs that severely injured Shachar Roditi.

Al-Halabiyeh, 36, told interrogators he began planning the attack in February 2016 because of the “desecration of Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian children injured by Israel,” the Shin Bet says in a statement.

Along with al-Halabiyeh, who is believed to have set off the bomb with his cell phone, the Shin Bet and the army’s undercover Duvdevan Unit arrested four other Palestinians who are suspected of having helped al-Halabiyeh in his attack, the security service says.

In the days following the attack, the Shin Bet made the arrests, but details of the case were kept under a court gag order.

Israeli forces also recovered 56 pipe bombs, which they believe were going to be used in future attacks.

Judah Ari Gross

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion next to a West Bank checkpoint outside of the Palestinian village of Hizme, May 10, 2016. (Hadashot ZBM)

Emergency services at the scene of an explosion next to a West Bank checkpoint outside of the Palestinian village of Hizme, May 10, 2016. (Hadashot ZBM)

Israeli security guards detain man in Athens airport

Israeli security guards arrest a man in the Athens airport who was acting suspiciously, Channel 2 reports.

The suspect, who was reportedly hurt in a scuffle with the guards, is held for questioning.

Harassment of Jews worldwide rose in 2014, study finds

A new study has found that harassment of Jews worldwide continued to increase in 2014, the most recent year studied, even as government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion decreased modestly.

Pew Research Center’s annual study of 198 countries, released Thursday, also found an increase in religion-related terrorism, with 82 of the almost 200 countries studied experiencing religion-related terrorist activities in 2014, with activities in 60 of them leading to injuries or deaths. Casualties from religion-related terrorist activities have been rising in recent years, the study reported.

The study did not address with which religion the majority of the perpetrators of religion-related terrorism identified. However, all the examples cited were of acts perpetrated by Islamist groups and Muslim individuals.

More than half, or 58 percent, of the incidents of anti-religious hate crimes in the US in 2014 were motivated, in whole or in part, by anti-Jewish bias, the study reported, citing FBI statistics. Sixteen percent of such hate crimes were motivated by anti-Muslim bias.

The study found a “notable increase in the number of countries in which Jews and Hindus were harassed.” While Jews make up just 0.2 percent of the world’s population, they were harassed in 81 countries, up from 77 in 2013.

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Anti-Semitic graffiti (illustrative photo: CC BY zeeweez, Flickr)

Illustrative photo of anti-Semitic graffiti (CC BY-zeeweez, Flickr)

Israeli satellite to secure Rio Olympics

An Israeli high-resolution imaging satellite will strengthen security during the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games to take place in Rio in August and September.

The announcement was made last week by Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann, who said the satellite will allow very detailed inspections of the city during the sporting events, the G1 news portal reported on Friday.

“This is an Israeli satellite at a low Earth orbit altitude, capable of capturing high-resolution images of up to 50 centimeters in an area of 450 kilometers, thus enabling the identification of objects, people, cars, and goods,” Jungmann told local media.

The Eros-B satellite will be used on an experimental basis for six months as a security complement and, in the future, will support in border surveillance, added the minister.

“Brazil has no need to worry because we have been in touch with the world’s best intelligence agencies and we will bring unique innovations to the Games,” Jungmann added. “We’ll have an international intelligence center to host 100 nations and their own intelligence centers, which is unprecedented.”

JTA

An aerial view of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, which will be secured in part by an Israeli high-resolution imaging satellite. (Courtesy Rio 2016 via JTA)

An aerial view of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, which will be secured in part by an Israeli high-resolution imaging satellite. (Courtesy Rio 2016 via JTA)

Initial reports of stabbing in Rishon Lezion

Initial reports indicate an Israeli has been stabbed in the central city of Rishon Lezion. The circumstances of the incident are unclear.

Details to come.

2 people said lightly hurt in Rishon Lezion stabbing

Magen David Adom paramedics say they are treating two people lightly hurt in the suspected stabbing attack. There is no confirmation from police.

Rishon Lezion incident not terror attack

Police rule out a terror motive in the incident at a Rishon Lezion supermarket.

The motive was criminal, according to Hebrew reports.

Egypt defends transfer of Red Sea islands to Saudis

Egypt’s government defends its decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia at an appeals court hearing after the move was struck down by a lower court earlier this month.

The transfer of the islands, announced during an April visit by King Salman alongside billions of dollars in Saudi aid, set off the biggest street protests since President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was elected two years ago.

The chief government lawyer tells the court Sunday that the islands belonged to Saudi Arabia and that it was only a matter of time before Egypt had to hand them back.

Dozens of protesters chant anti-government slogans in the courthouse. There are also shouting matches and brief scuffles between lawyers and policemen inside the courtroom. The court adjourned until July 3.

AP

Tiran Island in the Gulf of Aqaba. (CC BY 3.0/Wikipedia/Marc Ryckaert)

Tiran Island in the Gulf of Aqaba. (CC BY 3.0/Wikipedia/Marc Ryckaert)

Rishon Lezion incident was street fight

Police say the Rishon Lezion incident was not a stabbing, but rather a street fight. Two bystanders were very lightly hurt.

Israeli cop, 7 Palestinians hurt in Temple Mount clashes

Police say a cop was hurt by rocks during clashes with Palestinian rioters on the Temple Mount.

In addition, police say that officers at the Old City site revered by Jews and Muslims arrested four masked youths “who were disrupting visits on the Temple Mount” by non-Muslims.

The Palestinian Red Crescent says it took seven Palestinians to an East Jerusalem hospital for treatment of injuries from sponge-tipped bullets, tear gas and beatings.

A police spokesman questioned by AFP says he was not aware of officers using force.

AFP contributed

Jordan court charges 21 with ‘terrorism’

A Jordanian court on Sunday charges 21 people with carrying out “terrorist acts.” They had been arrested in an operation against jihadists in the country’s north in March, a prosecutor says.

The State Security Court accuses them of committing “terrorist acts that led to deaths,” making explosives and possessing weapons, the official Petra news agency quotes the court’s chief prosecutor as saying.

The agency does not say when their trial would begin.

AFP

Israel, Turkey said set to announce detente today

An unnamed Israeli official tells Bloomberg Netanyahu will announce the reconciliation deal with Turkey on Sunday.

According to the official, Israel will pay $20 million in compensation to the victims of the Mavi Marmara raid as part of the agreement, but maintain its security-oriented blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu lands in Rome ahead of Kerry powwow

Prime Minister Netanyahu lands in Rome, where he is slated to meet with US Secretary John Kerry and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Later tonight, Israeli and Turkish officials are expected to release a joint statement announcing that a reconciliation agreement between the two countries has been reached. Netanyahu is expected to address the details of the deal at a press conference tomorrow.

On Wednesday, when Netanyahu has returned to Jerusalem, the security cabinet is expected to confirm the agreement.

Raphael Ahren

Clinton takes slight lead over Trump, new polls show

Two head-to-head polls released Sunday show a resurgent Hillary Clinton taking a lead in the US presidential race, after a tumultuous month for Donald Trump, who has failed to rally confidence among voters or party leaders.

If the presidential election were held today, 51 percent of poll respondents say they would vote for Clinton, versus 39 percent for Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.

It was conducted Monday through Thursday of last week among 836 registered voters and had a margin of error of four percentage points.

A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed a slimmer lead for Clinton, 46 percent to Trump’s 41 percent. They were essentially tied, 39 percent for the Democrat Clinton and 38 percent for Republican Trump, when third-party candidates were included, results show.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted Sunday through Thursday of last week and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

AFP

This file photo combination shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) on April 4, 2016, and Republican challenger Donald Trump on February 16, 2016. (AFP/dsk)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (left) on April 4, 2016, and Republican challenger Donald Trump on February 16, 2016. (AFP/dsk)

IDF chief tours northern Israel

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot visits the army’s Northern Command for a “routine visit,” a military spokesperson says.

During his trip to the Bashan Division, which is responsible for the defense of the Golan Heights, Eisenkot heard “a review of the challenges and preparations of the forces in the area,” the IDF says.

Judah Ari Gross

IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot tours the Golan Heights on June 26, 2016 (IDF spokesperson's office)

IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot tours the Golan Heights on June 26, 2016 (IDF spokesperson’s office)

Announcement on Israel-Turkey deal postponed

The announcement on a reconciliation deal between Israel and Turkey is postponed until Monday at 1 p.m. Israel time, according to Hebrew media.

Somali minister among 15 killed in hotel attack

A Somali cabinet minister is among the 15 killed in an Islamic extremist attack on a hotel in Somalia’s capital, police say.

Four attackers also died in the assault, which was claimed by al-Shabab, Somalia’s militant rebels who are allied to al-Qaeda.

State Minister for the Prime Minister’s Office, Buri Hamza, was among those killed, says Capt. Mohamed Hussein, a senior Somali police officer. Hamza died when his hotel room collapsed Saturday because of the powerful car bomb which extremists used to blast their way into the Hotel NasoHablod.

At least 34 people were injured, according to police and hospital sources.

AP

People and Somali security forces walk across the scene of a car bomb attack claimed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabab militants which killed at least 5 people, on the Naasa Hablood hotel in Mogadishu on June 25, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB)

People and Somali security forces walk across the scene of a car bomb attack claimed by al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab militants, which killed at least 15 people, on the Hotel Naso-Hablod in Mogadishu on June 25, 2016. (AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab)

German politicians detained at Istanbul gay parade

Two German politicians are detained in Istanbul on Sunday as riot police fire tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters defying a ban on the city’s Gay Pride parade.

Authorities in Turkey’s biggest city had banned the annual parade earlier this month citing security reasons, sparking anger from gay rights activists.

Volker Beck, a prominent Green lawmaker and one of Germany’s most vocal gay politicians, and Green MEP Terry Reintke both say on Twitter that they had been briefly detained.

Reintke tweets that 15 people had been detained, complaining that the riot police — who turned out in force — had been “very aggressive.”

Two or three hundred people turned out despite the ban, an AFP journalist says, gathering in small groups around the busy Istiklal shopping street.

They are quickly dispersed by police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets and confiscated their rainbow flags.

AFP

Cameron not expected to trigger Brexit Article 50 at EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron is not expected to trigger the Article 50 mechanism to leave the EU when he meets his European Union peers on Tuesday, a senior bloc official says.

“We expect Cameron to present the outcome of the referendum and the situation in the UK… we do not expect Cameron to trigger Article 50 at that stage,” says the official who asks not to be named.

AFP

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the press in front of 10 Downing Street in central London on June 24, 2016. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to the press in front of 10 Downing Street in central London on June 24, 2016. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

Turkey working to free Gaza captives, soldiers’ remains — official

A senior Israeli official says Turkey has directed its intelligence agencies to push the Hamas terror group to release two Israeli captives in Gaza, as well as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers held in the coastal enclave.

Israel has a written pledge from the Turkish president to this effect, the official adds. “This is what Turkey can do for the time being,” according to the official.

The senior official says the issue of the missing and the captive Israelis was raised from the first day of negotiations.

Avraham Mengistu, undated. (Courtesy of the Mengistu family via AP)

Avraham Mengistu, undated. (Courtesy of the Mengistu family via AP)

The Israeli bureaucrat adds that the agreement on the NIS 20 million ($5.1 million) in compensation to the Mavi Marmara victims was reached three years ago. But the funds will only be released when the Turkish parliament passes a law to drop all lawsuits against Israel and Israeli soldiers, the official adds.

Raphael Ahren contributed

Zehava and Herzl Shaul say they have no definitive proof that their son Oron died after he was captured by Hamas in Gaza City on July 20, 2014. (JTA/Ben Sales)

Zehava and Herzl Shaul say they have no definitive proof that their son Oron died after he was captured by Hamas in Gaza City on July 20, 2014. (JTA/Ben Sales)

More than 3,300 migrants rescued off Libya

A total of 3,324 migrants were rescued off Libya Sunday in 26 different operations, the Italian coast guard says, bringing to more than 10,000 the total saved since Thursday.

There are no reports of confirmed or suspected casualties after the operations to pick up migrants packed on to 25 rubber dinghies and one wooden boat, all of which were rescued less than 35 miles from the Libyan coast.

AFP

Israeli official confirms reconciliation deal reached with Turkey

An Israeli official says the government has reached a reconciliation deal with Turkey to end a bitter six-year rift between the Mideast powers.

The official confirms the agreement on Sunday. He speaks on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on an official visit to Rome, is expected to announce details on Monday.

AP

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