Israel OKs Reconciliation With Turkey

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's security Cabinet has approved the reconciliation agreement reached this week with Turkey despite opposition from some ministers.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said on Wednesday that the ministers voted seven to three to restore full diplomatic ties with Turkey. The 10 are part of an inner Cabinet group of ministers.

There has been criticism in Israel of the pact, officially announced on Monday, because it failed to secure the return of the remains of Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza and possibly two living Israeli citizens believed to be held in the territory by Hamas.

The Cabinet says it will reconsider the imprisonment conditions of Hamas prisoners held in Israeli jails as long as Hamas holds the Israelis.

Turkey has shared close ties with the Islamic militant Hamas group.