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Turkish foreign minister to visit Israel

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's visit to Israel May 24 could finally open the way for both countries to reinstate their ambassadors.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog (L) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan give a joint press conference, Ankara, Turkey, March 9, 2022.

Israeli and Turkish representatives are both expected to participate May 10 at the spring meeting of the international donor group for Palestine (AHLC). But apart from the expected discussion this week in Brussels, Ankara has been wary recently of making public reference to the Palestinian issue. Rather, it is focusing considerable diplomatic efforts on rapprochement with Israel. Diplomats in Jerusalem told Al-Monitor they did not expect any skirmishes with Turkish colleagues in Brussels, despite ongoing Israeli-Palestinian tensions in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.

Over the last year, Ankara had multiplied its efforts for rapprochement. Reluctant at first, Jerusalem is now certainly warming up to the idea. We have reported here last month on Israel no longer being silent over Turkey’s charm offensive. In fact, it seems that Israel has decided to play the game, and see how far Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will go.

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