Less than three months after bashing the country for sending its leader to Paris following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Turkey is seeking to normalize relations with Israel after their national elections last month.
Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said as much during an interview with Israeli network Channel 2 earlier this week. “Turkey expects and hopes the Israeli government will express its strong political will to end strife with Palestine,” Arınç told the outlet. “Thus, if Netanyahu is to make a new start, if he will make a gesture to Turkey to boost confidence in terms of restoring relations, we think that it would be right that he expresses that his will for peace is strong.”
Those remarks signal a change of tone from the Turkish government. In January, President Tayyip Erdogan sharply criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for going to Paris in January after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack which left 17 dead.
“How can a man who has killed 25,000 people in Gaza with state terrorism wave his hand in Paris, like people are waiting in excitement for him to do so? How dare he go there?” Erdogan said at the time. “You should first give an account for the children and the women you have killed.”
Relations have been sour between the two nations since 2010 when Turkish-owned ship Mavi Marmara was attacked by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) 80 miles off the Israeli coast, resulting in nine dead and dozens more injured.
The BBC pointed out the ship was leading a convoy of six ships looking to bring aid to Gaza, punching through a blockade comprised of Israeli and Egyptian ships. On the convoy were school supplies, building materials, and generators. The publication noted the convoy was organized by the Free Gaza Movement.
Arınç told Channel 2 removing the Gaza blockade would help establish peace in the Middle East.
h/t: The Right Scoop
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