Turkey close to restoring diplomatic ties with Israel

A senior Turkish official says his country is close to reaching a deal with Israel to normalize diplomatic ties.

Israel and Turkey were traditionally close allies, but ties broke down in 2010 over Israeli commandos' deadly storming of a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship.

Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Wednesday the two countries are "reaching the end of a lengthy process."

"I believe the Palestinian people will find the agreement satisfactory since we're making progress to address the energy shortage and water crisis in Gaza," he added in a televised interview with HaberTurk TV.

Earlier Wednesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said it was up to Israel to meet Ankara's "quite simple" conditions. One of Turkey's key demands is the lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza.