After years of tension, Turkey has a new Israeli Ambassador

After years of tension, Turkey has a new Israeli Ambassador

Irit Lillian has been Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Ankara since January 2021,


Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan received the credentials of Israel’s new ambassador to Turkey on Tuesday, as the two countries normalized relations after four years of tension.

Turkey and Israel began improving relations with high-level visits this year including the visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog to Ankara. They agreed to appoint mutual ambassadors in August.

After Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu won elections last month, he and Erdogan agreed to “work together to forge a new era in relations” on the basis of respect for the interests of the United States. common interest.

Irit Lillian, Israel’s chargé d’affaires in Ankara since January 2021, became ambassador after presenting his letter of confidence to Erdogan.

Once a close regional ally, relations between Israel and Turkey have been strained for more than a decade, with Ankara expelling the Israeli ambassador following Israel’s 2010 raid on an aid ship. to Gaza, killing 10 Turkish citizens.

Diplomatic relations were restored in 2016, but two years later, Turkey recalled its ambassador from Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador when Israeli forces murdered several Palestinians participating in the protests. love in the Gaza Strip.

Having faced criticism for his policies before taking office, Mr. Netanyahu has vowed to rule for all Israelis even as he heads one of the most right-wing governments in history. country.

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