Turkish Warship Docks at Israeli Port for NATO Drill

After the recent reestablishment of ties between Ankara and Jerusalem, a Turkish warship anchored at the port of Haifa and is expected to remain there for the coming days

Adi Hashmonai
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The Turkish warship anchored at the port of Haifa.
The Turkish warship anchored at the port of Haifa.Credit: Haifa port spokesperson
Adi Hashmonai

A Turkish warship anchored at the port of Haifa on Saturday and is expected to remain docked for several days, a Haifa port spokesman said.

A U.S. missile destroyer ship, the USS Forrest Sherman, also docked at the northern port about as an hour earlier as part of a NATO drill

This follows the recent reestablishment of ties between Israel and Turkey in August after the two countries withdrew their respective ambassadors over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2018, where IDF troops shot dead 60 Palestinians and wounded hundreds more protesting at the Gaza border.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said in August that "restoring ties with Turkey is an important asset to the stability of the region and bears great economic significance to Israel's citizens."

Before ties were restored, several back-channel communication methods were maintained between Jerusalem and Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Edrogan told Jewish leaders that his country's relationship with Israel is "vital for the stability of our region."

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