Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara with the delegation of the Conference of presidents of major American Jewish organizations. Among the 20 leaders of the American Jewish community were representatives of the anti-defamation League and the Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.
It should be noted that the head of state last met the delegation of the American Jewish community seven years ago – even before the collision between him and Shimon Peres at the economic forum in Davos in 2009. Then Erdogan accused Israel of killing civilians in Gaza.
The delegation was headed by standing Vice-President of the Conference Malcolm Hanlin, a week earlier to visit Jerusalem. The media have suggested that through him the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu could get a message to Erdogan.
According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, the meeting was intended to demonstrate the readiness of Turkey to normalize relations with Israel. In accordance with the publication, the meeting was attended by the head of the Jewish community of Turkey Isaac Ibrahimzadeh.
We will remind that on December 2, Erdogan said that Turkey and Israel need each other. This statement was made amid mounting international isolation of Ankara and the growing confrontation with Russia over the Syrian conflict.
On February 10 in Geneva held a regular round of talks between Israel and Turkey. They are headed by, respectively, the special representative of the head of the Israeli government, Yosef Ciechanover and Deputy head of the Turkish Foreign Minister Fereydoon Sinirlioglu.
Reportedly, not only settled the question of the blockade of the Gaza strip. The main opponent of the recognition of the particular interests of Turkey in the sector is Egypt, with whom Israel has developed close cooperation in the security sphere.