Erdogan: I Do not rule out warming relations with Israel

According to the Turkish president, Israel needs to be more sensitive about its policy toward the Palestinians

Against the background of warming relations between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates and after the Oknin couple affair, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today (Wednesday) that he does not rule out warming relations with Israel. “Why not have such a process with Israel?”, Erdogan said in an interview with the Turkish website “Daily Sabah”. “We work for peace in the region. We think it is appropriate for regional peace and find it beneficial.”

The Turkish president added: “I have had talks with Israel in the past. At this point, Israel needs to be more sensitive about its Palestinian policy in the region. It needs to be sensitive about Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Once Israel seems to respect these sensitivities, we will do our best “The Israeli side already knows why we are sensitive. We also know the sensitivities of Israel. Therefore, if both sides act with these sensitivities in mind, we will be able to resolve it.”

Even after the Okanin couple were released from detention in Istanbul, Erdogan expressed in his talks with President Herzog and Prime Minister Bennett a desire to move forward in relations between the two countries. He even told the two leaders that he was interested in continuing the dialogue between Turkey and Israel, which would include further confidence-building measures between the two countries. These include additional talks between Turkish and Israeli officials, as well as the possibility of holding a meeting with senior Israeli officials.

Turkish officials said after talks between Erdogan, Herzog and Bennett that there was “potential for significant improvement in relations between Israel and Turkey, including the possibility of returning ambassadors.”

Last month Turkey and the UAE signed energy and technology sharing agreements. During the visit of Abu Dhabi’s regent, Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed al-Nahian, to Ankara, a $ 10 billion emirate investment in Turkish technology companies and the establishment of a technology-oriented fund were agreed upon. About a week ago, Erdogan announced a “new era” in relations between the two countries, adding in response to a question about relations with Israel and Egypt: “Any kind of step taken with the United Arab Emirates, we will take similar steps with the others.”

By Editor

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