The Strategist

Israel and Turkey restore diplomatic relations

08/19/2022 - 03:49

Israel and Turkey have decided to formally reestablish their diplomatic ties and send their ambassadors, who were called back. Then, the nations' positions on the situation in the Gaza Strip diverged: Israel was referred to as a "terrorist state" by Ankara, and Tel Aviv accused Turkey of aiding Hamas.

Israel and Turkey have decided to fully reestablish their diplomatic ties and to allow their respective ambassadors to return, stated the press offices of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

Lapid stated that the restart of relations with Turkey is a crucial component of regional stability and important news for Israeli citizens, and emphasized an improvement in Israeli-Turkish relations over the previous 12 months.

Lapid's conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly led to the agreement.

According to Israeli President Yitzhak Herzog on his Twitter page, the restart of relations will strengthen economic links, mutual tourism, and goodwill between the peoples of Turkey and Israel.