Turkey, Israel Want To Improve Ties After Presidents’ Call: AKP

Turkey, Israel Want To Improve Ties After Presidents’ Call: AKP

Turkey’s Erdoğan calls Israel’s new president, but both sides say the other must move first for any rapprochement.

Andrew H. Sweet

Turkey and Israel agreed to work towards improving their strained relations after a rare phone call between their presidents.

The two countries expelled ambassadors in 2018 after a bitter falling-out. Ankara has condemned Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of Palestinians. While Israel has called on Turkey to drop support for the Palestinian group Hamas that governs Gaza.

In May, Erdoğan called Israel a “terror state” after Israeli police shot rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades towards Palestinian youths at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Israel has accused Turkey of aiding members of Hamas, which is considered a “terrorist organization” by Israel and its Western allies.

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