Turkey Moves Closer With Israel For Sake For Bilateral Future
Israel–For the first time in a decade and a half has Turkey has shown interest to come on a common ground for dialogue with Israel. Geopolitical dynamics are changing rapidly and this is becoming evident on how leadership is coming together to join forces in the Middle East.
It has been confirmed that Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that Ankara is indeed ready to help efforts to facilitate ‘dialogue’ between Israeli and Palestinian officials. No wonder Mr. Cavusoglu was also praises for the constructive dialogue that happened between both counterparts.
It is becoming imperative for neighboring nations to find a common ground and consolidate their powers. It is worth noting that Cavusoglu has become the first high ranking officer to have made a visit to Israel after a gap of 15 years.
According to Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, the current President of Israel, “Çavuşoğlu’s visit is indeed historic and creates a “next phase” in bilateral relations. Çavuşoğlu of Turkey visited Israel yesterday and today for what you would call an action item visit.”
On regional cooperation, he said: “Our vision is that we should be able to have dialogue with all our neighbors and friends in the Mediterranean, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he said, adding that regional countries can work together on issues such as climate and clean water “for the well-being of humanity.”
Thing really became sour between the countries, after Israeli forces stormed a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying humanitarian aid for Palestinians that broke an Israeli blockade. The countries withdrew their respective ambassadors in 2010 thereafter. The incident resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish activists.
Relations broke down again in 2018 when Turkey, angered by the United States moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, once more recalled its ambassador, prompting Israel to respond in kind. The two countries have not reappointed their ambassadors.