Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced that he will travel to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in mid-May, according to The Times of Israel.

While Israel’s Foreign Ministry did not confirm the visit, Çavuşoğlu told Turkish media that he will discuss the return of ambassadors to Turkey and Israel during the diplomatic trip, according to Reuters.

The two countries withdrew their ambassadors in 2010 following the Mavi Marmara incident in which the flotilla attempted to break the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip and a violent alteration erupted in which 10 Turkish citizens were killed.  

In recent months, Israel and Turkey saw warming ties in their traditionally fraught relationship. Israel’s President Isaac Herzog paid a visit to Ankara three weeks ago, where he met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

The Turkish leader expressed hopes that Herzog’s visit will turn a new page in the relationship between Jerusalem and Ankara and open the door for “new opportunities for bilateral regional cooperation” in the coming period.  

“Our shared goal is to accelerate and revive the political dialogue between the two countries, based on shared interest and respect to mutual delicacies,” Erdoğan said. “Strengthening and developing the ties between Turkey and Israel is highly valuable to our country and to peace in the region.”

Both Israel and Turkey have been involved lately in mediation attempts between Russia and Ukraine. The Russian invasion highlighted the urgent need for European countries to develop alternatives to Russian natural gas. According to Middle Eastern experts, this has provided an incentive for Turkey to amend its ties with Israel, as it recognizes an opportunity to explore importing natural gas from Israel to Europe. Although Çavuşoğlu said that a gas pipeline between Israel and Turkey will not happen in the near future.

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