Israeli president arrives in Turkey for historic visit

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Assessment: The trip is the first official visit to Turkey by an Israeli leader since 2008 • The two countries will try to “restart” relations, in a “cautious, measured manner,” says Israeli President Isaac Herzog …

Israeli President Isaac Herzog touched down in Turkey on Wednesday, kicking off the first official visit to the country by an Israeli leader since 2008.

“Israel-Turkey relations are important for Israel, important for Turkey and important for the whole region,” Herzog said in a statement released by his office. “Certainly at a time when the international order is being shaken, it is good and proper that stability and partnership be maintained in our region,” he said, adding that he had emphasized this during his visits to Greece and Cyprus in recent weeks.

“We will not agree on everything, and the relationship between Israel and Turkey has certainly known ups and downs and not-so-simple moments in recent years, but we shall try to restart our relations and build them in a measured and cautious manner, and with mutual respect between our states,” he said.

“I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.” Ez. 38:22 NIV

Herzog and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who invited the Israeli leader to visit, are expected to discuss various bilateral issues, including Israel-Turkey relations and the potential for expanding collaboration between their states and peoples in various fields, according to Herzog’s office.

The Israeli president’s wife, Michal, is traveling with him.