According to a statement on Wednesday from Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office, Israel and Turkey will restore full diplomatic relations and will ensure the return of ambassadors and consuls general.
“Upgrading relations will contribute to deepening ties between the two peoples, expanding economic, trade, and cultural ties, and strengthening regional stability,” said Lapid. “The resumption of relations with Türkiye [Turkey] is … very important economic news for the citizens of Israel. We will continue to strengthen Israel’s standing in the world,” he added.
“I commend the renewal of full diplomatic relations with Turkey—an important development that we’ve been leading for the past year, which will encourage greater economic relations, mutual tourism, and friendship between the Israeli and Turkish peoples,” said Israeli President Issac Herzog in a statement following Wednesday’s announcement. The restoration of the relationship between the two countries is known to have stemmed from Herzog’s March meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara, following reciprocal visits by the foreign ministers of both countries.
This being said, Turkish officials were quoted by Israeli media as saying that the renewal of full ties with Jerusalem was an important development, but that it did not mean Ankara was abandoning the Palestinian people.