Israel’s president makes historic journey to Turkey

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog arrived in Ankara for a historic two-day go to and talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

That is the primary official go to to Turkey by an Israeli chief since 2008, as the 2 international locations attempt to mend their rocky relationship. The final go to by an Israeli president to Turkey occurred in 2007.

Erdogan and a navy honor guard greeted Herzog as a band performed the Israeli anthem for the primary time in 14 years.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.

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The Israeli chief, who spoke Hebrew, opened his assertion thanking Erdogan in Turkish and praised his efforts to assist finish the battle in Ukraine, with a international ministers’ summit scheduled for Thursday. “The prime minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett, and the government of Israel are doing their utmost on this matter, and I also greatly appreciate and respect your efforts, Mr. President, which have led to the important summit that will be held in your country tomorrow, and I pray for positive results.”

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Herzog additionally emphasised the significance of the go to amid the present Russia-Ukraine battle. “Only in recent weeks, and we discussed this, we have seen once more how bad wars are. The war in Ukraine is a humanitarian disaster, shocking the whole world. We cannot remain indifferent to such human suffering, and I welcome any endeavor that will lead to the end of the bloodshed.”

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The Turkish president thanked his counterpart and stated, “This historic visit will be a turning point in relations between Turkey and Israel. Strengthening relations with the state of Israel has great value for our country.”

Earlier than he met with Erdogan, Herzog, accompanied by his spouse, Michal, laid a wreath on the tomb of the founding father of the republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Within the mausoleum’s visitor guide, he wrote that he hoped for a “safer and more stable world” and area.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with Israeli President Isaac Herzog

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan with Israeli President Isaac Herzog

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Turkey and Israel had been as soon as shut allies, however the relationship took a flip for the more serious underneath Erdogan, an outspoken critic of Israel’s insurance policies towards the Palestinians. Israel, for its half, has been aggravated by Erdogan’s embrace of Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip. Israel considers Hamas a terrorist group.

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Hamas launched a press release condemning the go to. “We express our regret over such visits to the Arab and Islamic countries which we consider a strategic depth for our Palestinian people and their just national cause.” 

On Thursday, President Herzog is ready to fulfill with Turkey’s Jewish group in Istanbul.

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