Israel Rebuilds Ties With Turkey, but Remains Leery of Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting at his palace, Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting at his palace, Ankara, Turkey, Dec. 9, 2015 (AP photo by Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service).
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More than five years have passed since relations between longtime friends Israel and Turkey unraveled. During that time, diplomats and politicians have made countless efforts to revive what was once a deep and productive bond. U.S. President Barack Obama even interceded personally at one point, a move that seemed to have succeeded in breaking the impasse. That was in 2013, at the end of Obama’s trip to Israel, when he nudged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Erdogan to take the call, in an effort to get the leaders of the two countries […]

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