Israel's New Ambassador to Turkey Arrives in Ankara

The arrival of Eitan Na'eh marks another step in the improvement of relations that soured with the 2010 confrontation between Israeli commandos and a Turkish flotilla sailing for Gaza.

Eitan Na'eh.
Eitan Na'eh

Israel's new ambassador to Turkey arrived in Ankara on Thursday, becoming the first senior Israeli envoy in Ankara since September 2011.

The arrival of Eitan Na'eh, the former Israeli deputy ambassador in London, marks another stage in improvement of relations between Israel and Turkey, ties that soured markedly in 2010 after a Turkish flotilla sought to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

In September 2011, Turkey recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv and expelled the Israeli ambassador.

After the two sides signed a reconciliation agreement this year, Israel paid $20 million into a fund set up by Ankara from which compensation will be paid to the families of the Turkish nationals killed on the Mavi Marmara. The Turkish parliament passed legislation necessary to implement the agreement.

Before becoming deputy ambassador in London, Na’eh was the Foreign Ministry’s representative on the National Security Council in the Prime Minister’s Office. Prior to that, he was Israel’s ambassador to Azerbaijan.