Turkey have received the first Israeli ambassador in six years since ties were strained when a Turkish aid ship attempted to reach Gaza, resulting in the death of ten Turkish activists who were killed on board the ship
Eitan Naeh, a former ambassador in London, presented his credentials to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara.
Meanwhile, Kemal Okem will become the Turkish ambassador to Israel and will begin his work there later this week.
After meeting Erdgoan, Naeh said that the flotilla incident has been dismissed by Turkey and Israel “to a large extent,” and that Erdgoan had stressed that “we have turned a new page in our ties.”
“Even when the ties knew peaks and valleys, the economic and trade relations were almost not hurt at all. Businessmen continued to do business [and] we are seeing an increase in the number of Israeli tourists,” Naeh added.