Turkish President Erdoğan to Israel’s Herzog: ‘Historic visit is turning point in Israel-Turkey relations’

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Assessment: Is it just me or does President Erdogan look nauseous as he stands as far from Israeli President Herzog as possible?

Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan meet in Turkey on March 9, 2022. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

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. He went directly to the Presidential Complex in Ankara where he met with Russian President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for several hours.

“I believe that this historic visit will be a turning point in relations between Turkey and Israel. Strengthening relations with the State of Israel has great value for our country,” Erdoğan said.

“Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:20

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“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,” Herzog said.