Ya’alon Throws Cold Water on Talk of Imminent Israel-Turkey Reconciliation

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon pauses during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on August 27, 2014.
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Defense minister Moshe Ya’alon on Thursday appeared to be lowering expectations that Israel and Turkey would soon strike a deal restoring full diplomatic relations.

In remarks to reporters in Switzerland, the defense minister said that an agreement between the two sides remains elusive so long as Ankara doesn’t adequately address Jerusalem’s concerns.

“Turkey is supporting Hamas, generally speaking. It should be, of course, discussed,” Ya’alon said.

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