The newspaper “Israel Hayom” quoted an unnamed Turkish official that his country wants to establish good relations with Israel, but its problem is with the current Israeli leadership.
The Turkish official told the newspaper: “We want good relations with Israel, as President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan indicated earlier, and our problem is with the leadership in Israel. We want to resume normalization of relations after the establishment of the new government.”
The Turkish official’s statements come after a report by the Turkish newspaper “Hurriyet” on Friday that Ankara has five conditions to normalize its relations with Israel. Among them are “returning to the peace process with the Palestinians, stopping the attacks on the Palestinian people, and stopping taking steps that undermine the two-state solution”, in addition to stopping “compromising the status quo in Al-Aqsa Mosque” and “stop seizing Palestinian land.”
Israel Hayom pointed out that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu sent a message to both Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett, in which he said: “If Israel wants to establish normal relations with us, it must change its policy.”
The report in the Turkish newspaper came after a previous report by the Israeli newspaper before the recent military campaign in the Gaza Strip, which stated that Turkey sent a message to Israel expressing its willingness to send an ambassador to Tel Aviv in exchange for Israel’s commitment to send an ambassador to Ankara.