The following is from a White House press pool report– written by a reporter, circulated by the White House– from Israel today.
Two senior admin officials came back to address the issue of the phone call between [Israeli PM Benjamin] Netanyahu and [Turkish PM Recep] Erdogan. Transcript is forthcoming, here are highlights: Netanyahu apologized for the Mavi Mara flotilla incident and acknowledged “operational mistakes,” said one official. Erdogan accepted the apology, according to this official. The other sao [senior administration official] called this a “first step” toward normalization of relations between the two countries. They said this had been the subject of talks between Obama and Netanyahu in Jerusalem this week. The call took place in the trailer at the aiport just before Obama took off. The leaders talked for about 30 minutes. At some point, Obama got on the phone.
Israel’s attack on the Gaza flotilla ship, the Mavi Marmara in 2010, killed nine people, including one Turkish-American, and led to a breakdown in Israeli-Turkish relations.