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Israel to Name Envoy to Turkey Following Reconciliation Deal

The Jerusalem Post reports: The Foreign Ministry’s appointments committee is expected to meet in the coming days to name Israel’s next ambassador to Turkey, following the Turkish parliament’s ratification on Saturday of the rapprochement agreement between the two countries.

The announcement of Turkey’s new ambassador to Israel is expected at around the same time. The two nations have not had ambassadors in each other’s countries since Ankara recalled its ambassador in Tel Aviv in 2010 following the Mavi Marmara incident, and expelled Israel’s envoy to Ankara in 2011.

Acting National Security Council head Yaakov Nagel, who was involved in the negotiations that culminated in an agreement on June 28, told Israel Radio that there were currently no plans for any high-level visits between the two countries, despite Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek tweeting over the weekend that he hoped to visit Israel in the near future.

Nagel deflected criticism about Israel’s agreement to place some $20 million in a fund for the families of the 10 Turks killed when they tried to break the naval blockade of Gaza, saying that looking at the entirety of Israel’s interests with Turkey, this was a price worth paying.

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