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As Israel Normalizes Ties With Arab Countries, Signs of Renewed Friendship With Turkey

Several developments suggest the beginnings of reconciliation, two years after Ankara recalled its ambassador and 10 after the watershed Mavi Marmara incident, but Israel is in no hurry

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Barring last-minute surprises, a new Turkish ambassador will soon land in Israel, two years after the previous envoy was called back to Ankara following the killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces during protests on the Gaza border.

According to reports in Turkey, the new ambassador is Ufuk Ulutas, 40, who studied Hebrew and Middle Eastern politics at Hebrew University. Ulutas is not a professional diplomat. He was head of the SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research think tank, and is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. This would be the first time that Turkey sent a political appointee to serve as ambassador in Israel.

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