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March 22, 2013 - 8:18 am

President Obama went to the Middle East with hopes of stamping his signature on the stalled peace process, but comes home claiming another diplomatic victory as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Gaza flotilla incident.

According to senior administration officials, after Obama’s needling Netanyahu phoned Erdogan for the first time since 2009 and apologized for the Mavi Mara flotilla incident and acknowledged “operational mistakes.” Erdogan accepted the apology.

The officials said Netanyahu made the call from a trailer at the airport just before Obama took off. At some point, Obama hopped on the phone in the 30-minute conversation.

One official called a “first step” toward normalization of relations between the two countries and both added it had been a topic of talks with Obama this week.

“I welcome the call today between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Prime Minister Erdogan. The United States deeply values our close partnerships with both Turkey and Israel, and we attach great importance to the restoration of positive relations between them in order to advance regional peace and security,” Obama said in a statement.

“I am hopeful that today’s exchange between the two leaders will enable them to engage in deeper cooperation on this and a range of other challenges and opportunities,” he added.

Nine activists were killed, including eight Turks, and 10 Israeli commandos were wounded in the 2010 raid of the six ships intending to breach the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"We deeply regret that our flesh hit your knives, and that our heads impeded your lengths of pipe."
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So in order to get a US non-interference in taking out Iran's nuke program, Bibi has to apologize for defending his country? The Whine is particularly petulant these days.
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In other news:

the Obama administration has presented its apologies to the Saudi government for killing Saudi nationals on September 11 2001, when the buildings of New York and the Pentagon slammed into civilian jets.
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Israeli commanders are still being tried in Turkish court for the Mavi Marmara case- PM Erdogan's Zionism statements and his interview backing his statements in Denmark. No wonder that prior to Obama ME visit- Turkish news reported Secretary of State John Kerry asking PM Erdogan's g'ment to be part of the Peace Negotiations with PA/Israel and Turkey declining. Turkey backs Hamas too. Perhaps people finally realize the role Turkey is playing in Arab Spring when Jahbat al-Nusra's Fatih Sultan Mehmet Brigades from Latakia appear at the Israeli-Syrian border in Golan Heights.
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