ADL Welcomes Israel-Turkey Reconciliation

New York, NY, June 27, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the announcement of an agreement between Israel and Turkey that will restore full diplomatic relations and renew the economic, military and political cooperation the two countries have long enjoyed.

“The restoration of Israeli-Turkish relations is a significant and welcome achievement, not just for these two long-time allies, but as a marker of regional cooperation and stability,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “This agreement has been in the works for over three years and the terms are difficult for many in Israel, and is unlikely to immediately erase the tensions that have marked Israeli-Turkish relations over the past decade.

“We commend both Israel and Turkey for the resumption of full relations, and join them in looking ahead to a new era of constructive and productive bilateral ties that further both countries’ national and regional interests,” Mr. Greenblatt said.

The agreement is set to be signed on July 28 by the director generals of the respective foreign ministries and must be ratified on by Israel’s cabinet.

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