At the urging of President Obama, as he was leaving Israel today, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan and apologized for the IDF's killing of eight Turkish citizens and one U.S. citizen during the IDF's attack on and seizure of the Mavi Marmara and the other vessels of the Freedom Flotilla 130 km (70 NM) from the coast of Israel in the early morning on Monday the 31st of May, 2010.
The Turkish PM has stated that he has accepted the apology but that the terms for compensation have not been agreed to yet.
Repairing relations and cooperation between Turkey and Israel is said to be the primary motivation for the apology and its acceptance.
An apology has been being discussed by the two governments for most of the 34 months since the flotilla was attacked and seized.
The father of Furkan Doğan, the 18-year-old U.S. citizen who was killed on the Mavi Marmara, has stated that the apology is incomplete as it does not address the matter of the Israeli embargo of the Gaza Strip.
The families of the other eight who were killed have also started expressing their feelings that the apology is inadequate and unaccepable to them.
The ruling AK party in Turkey seems to be trying to present this as a capitulation by the Israeli Government but I don't think the party will gain politically and may actually lose some public support because of this apology.
There seems to be a positive public reaction here in Turkey to the efforts of President Obama.