Turkey and Israel to Appoint Ambassadors in Coming Days

Turkey and Israel will officially resume diplomatic relations and are scheduled to exchange ambassadors in the coming days according to Turkey’s Foreign Ministry.

The report was confirmed by Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu Tuesday and follows the Turkish Parliament’s ratification of a reconciliation deal with Israel on Saturday.

A statement released by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office on the approval of the reconciliation deal was released following the ratification. It stated “Israel welcomes the Turkish Parliament’s decision to approve the deal recently concluded by the two governments and looks forward to the next steps of its implementation, including the return of our respective ambassadors.”

While diplomatic relations are to renew following six years of severed ties, the Turkish Foreign Ministry heavily condemned Israel’s military strikes on over the weekend in the Gaza Strip. The Ministry released the statement “The normalization of relations with Israel does not mean that we have to remain silent about attacks against the Palestinian people in Gaza. On the contrary, we will continue to defend the Palestinian issue in the face of Israeli actions which violate international law and are contrary to basic human morality.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry responded, stating “The normalization of our relations with Turkey does not mean that we will remain silent in the face of its baseless condemnations. Israel will continue to defend its civilians from all rocket fire on our territory, in accordance with international law and our conscience. Turkey should think twice before criticizing the military actions of others.”

The IDF reported that it had hit over 50 terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip following a rocket attack on the southern town of Sderot, Israel.

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, August 23, 2016, and reposted with permission.