Turkey and Israel Inch Closer to Reconciliation
News of rapprochement between Israel and Turkey is heating up after years of ebb and flow in their diplomatic ties. According to Turkish officials, the once-close allies are eager to kick-start their renewed relations soon.
Both countries expelled their ambassadors in May 2018 over the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli forces along the Gaza border and following Washington's decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.
In December, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would like to have better ties with Israel but Israeli policy toward the Palestinians remained "unacceptable."
Erdogan champions the Palestinian cause and has a contentious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (JPost / VFI News)
“God, we ask that you continue to sow the seeds of peace, especially in places where it isn’t easy.”