Turkey appoints new ambassador to Israel

Following the recent reconciliation agreement with Turkey and Israel’s transfer of financial compensation to the country, it seems that the Turkish government has chosen its ambassador to Israel, thereby ending the flotilla crisis. Israel is expected to choose its ambassador by the end of the month.
“An ambassador will be appointed within 10 days” Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

This evening (Friday), Turkish media outlets reported that their government had decided upon whom the next ambassador to Israel will be: Kemal Ökem. Although the report has not officially been confirmed, appointing Ökem will seal the historic reconciliation agreement. 

As reported earlier this week on JOL, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin confirmed that Turkey and Israel were expected to appoint ambassadors this week as they had pledged in the agreement. In addition, a major Turkish newspaper also confirmed that the financial compensation from Israel to Turkey, which was agreed upon following the flotilla incidents, had in fact arrived to Ankara last Friday.  

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