The apology is for deaths during a Gaza flotilla raid, and President Obama arranged the call.
Netanyahu acknowledged “operational mistakes” in the raid, according to one official, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accepted the apology.
The phone call, which Obama also joined, was described as a “first step” toward normalizing relations between the two countries. Obama, who toured through Jordan Friday after his first visit to Israel as president, had discussed relations with Turkey during his time on the ground meeting with Israeli officials. This culminated with the call to Erdogan on Friday. Netanyahu also reportedly agreed to compensate the families of the victims.