Supreme Court turns down appeals against Israel’s deal with Turkey
Three Israeli Supreme Court justices on Thursday turned down all of the appeals by right-wing activists and representatives of bereaved families of fallen IDF troops against the reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey. Justice Salim Joubran said in the ruling that the state, based on diplomatic and security considerations, chose to accept Turkey's demand to pay it a certain amount in exchange for a final resolution of the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident without an acceptance of responsibility. He said that he did not believe that the decision was illegal or unreasonable even if the funds are eventually transferred to the families of those who were killed while assaulting IDF soldiers. The decision to restore relations with Turkey clearly falls under the state's authority to manage its political affairs and its foreign policy, Joubran said.