On June 26, Turkey and Israel announced
the end of a diplomatic row reached a head in 2010, after eight Turks and a Turkish-American citizen were killed on an aid flotilla, the Mavi Marmara, bound for Gaza. Soon after the incident, Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel, and within six months had expelled
the Israeli ambassador to Turkey and suspended all military agreements with the nation. Negotiations over an agreement under which diplomatic ties could resume had stalled for some time over one sticking point: the Turkish demand to end the blockade on Gaza.