New York, NY, March 22, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the telephone conversation between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Prime Minister Recep Erdogan of Turkey, which has resulted in a reconciliation between the two countries and the resumption of full diplomatic relations.
Relations between the two nations have been strained following the 2010 flotilla incident, in which a fleet of ships led by anti-Israel activists set sail from Turkey and attempted to provocatively break the blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We applaud the restoration of relations between Israel and Turkey, two of America’s most reliable allies in the region. The long friendship and mutual cooperation between Israel and Turkey has been beneficial for both countries and an important model for partnership between Muslim nations in the region and Israel.
Full diplomatic relations at this time of increased regional instability will serve the interests of both and contribute to international efforts to address the many challenges ahead. We express our appreciation to those who have been working to make today’s development happen, including the direct facilitation of President Obama.