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Israel and Turkey restore diplomatic relations after 12 years

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Published on: 08/17/2022 – 15:40Modified on: 08/17/2022 – 15:43 Israel and Turkey announced on Wednesday the full restoration of their diplomatic relations, strained since the Mavi Marmara ship affair, stormed by Israeli forces in 2010. But Ankara immediately affirmed its desire to “continue to defend” the Palestinians. A diplomatic page has been turned for these two heavyweights who have been cold for twelve years. Israel announced Wednesday, August 17, the full restoration of diplomatic relations with Turkey and the return of ambassadors to both countries. “It was decided to raise the level of ties between the two countries to full diplomatic relations and to return ambassadors and consuls general to the two countries,” Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in a statement. “The restoration of relations with Turkey is an important asset for regional stability and a very important for the citizens of Israel”, he added. Turkey recalls its attachment to “the Palestinian cause”. would not abandon the Palestinian cause”. Bilateral relations between Israel and Ankara were strained in 2010 with the Mavi Marmara affair, when Israeli forces launched a deadly assault on this Turkish ship attempting to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave under Israeli blockade. The two countries then recalled their ambassadors in 2018 after the deaths of Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, has often criticized Israeli policies towards the Palestinians. Israel and Turkey recently welcomed a turning point in their relations, including the visit of President Isaac Herzog in March to Turkey , the first of an Israeli head of state since 2007 in this country. The head of Turkish diplomacy had made a rare visit to Jerusalem at the end of May as part of this diplomatic thaw. With AFP

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