Israel, Turkey restore diplomatic ties after four years, send ambassadors soon
|Israel's Foreign Minister Rapid (right) shakes hands with Turkish Foreign Minister Čavusior (right) in Ankara, June 23, AP.|
The Israeli Prime Minister's Office announced on the 17th that it will restore diplomatic relations with Turkey after four years of conflict over the Palestinian issue. The two countries will soon resend ambassadors. The Turkish side, which is suffering from economic turmoil, has called on Israel to improve relations.
Israeli Prime Minister Rapid said in a statement on Wednesday that restoring ties with Turkey would "deepen bilateral economic, trade and cultural ties and strengthen regional stability." Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusiolu told reporters on the same day that he would not compromise on the Palestinian issue. Through his newly appointed ambassador, he said he would "deliver the message directly (to Israel)."
Relations between the two countries soured in 2018 after former US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the US embassy there. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has backed Palestine and accused Jerusalem of being "our (Muslim) city". This led to the recall of ambassadors by both countries. However, since 2021, Turkey's economy has deteriorated, with the currency lira crashing. In order to attract investment etc., it was moving to improve relations with countries in the Middle East.