Turkey president Erdogan meets Israel Prime Minister Yair Lapid: Long time lull broken

In a significant geo-political change the Israeli prime minister had a meeting with the Turkish President for the first time in 14 years, reports claiming it to be the latest evidence of the growing relations between the two regional powerhouses.

In a story from the news organization Associated Press, the office of Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has confirmed that he met the Turkish president Recep Erdogan, on Tuesday in the midst of the United Nations General Assembly, the biggest ever gathering of leaders from around the world currently taking place at New York.

In the course of his encounter together with Erdogan, Lapid said he “commended” the recent restoration of full diplomatic relations between the two countries as well as an appointment in the last week of a newly appointed Israeli diplomat to Turkey.

Scene of Lapid, the Israeli interim prime minister, until the new elections are held in November, greeting Erdogan could boost his credentials in the diplomatic arena as a possible alternative to Israel’s former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu claims to be a world-class politician, but relations with Turkey deteriorated during his more than a decade in power.

Since Netanyahu quit, Erdogan has shown a desire to build closer relations. In the past, after years of conflicting relations, Erodgan has been a vocal opponent of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians. Israel is, in turn, has criticized Turkey’s support of Hamas, the Palestinian extremist group Hamas who controls the Gaza Strip.

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