Obama Negotiates Apology From Israel to Turkey

The long-sought words from Prime Minister Netanyahu may ease relations between the countries.

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Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Lior Mizrahi/Getty)

During his Middle Eastern diplomatic trip, President Obama facilitated a historic conversation between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, reports CNN.

Just before departing for Jordan on Friday, Obama scored a diplomatic coup when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for a 2010 commando raid that killed nine activists on a Turkish vessel in a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The apology, long sought by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, eased strained feelings between Turkey and Israel, two vital U.S. allies in the Middle East.

It happened in a phone call to Erdogan during a final meeting between Obama and Netanyahu at an international airport in Tel Aviv, minutes before Air Force One departed for Jordan to complete the president's Middle East swing.

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