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Israel, Turkey to reappoint ambassadors, opening new chapter in relations

After 20 months of courtship, Jerusalem now believes Ankara and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are sincere in their efforts to rehabilitate bilateral ties.
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Israeli diplomats are welcoming Prime Minister Yair Lapid's announcement yesterday that Jerusalem and Ankara are restoring full diplomatic ties. Neither side has revealed the names of the new ambassadors, but experts believe decisions in both countries will be taken quickly.

Irit Lillian, the Israeli charge d’affairs in Ankara since February 2021, has labored since taking office to rehabilitate ties between Jerusalem and Ankara. Her colleagues testify that she has managed to generate dialogue with several Turkish decision-makers, and was a key element in the rapprochement between the two countries over the past year.

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