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Erdogan ready to improve ties with Israel if it is ‘more sensitive’ to Palestinians

16 15 20

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he is open to improved relations with Israel, but the country must first display “more sensitive” policies toward Palestinians.

Erdogan told a group of journalists in Qatar late Tuesday that better ties with Israel would be “beneficial” for peace in the wider region.

“But at this point, Israel needs to be more sensitive concerning its Palestinian policy. It needs to be sensitive about Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said in reference to the Temple Mount compound that is holy to Jews and Muslims.

“As soon as we detect the sensitivities, we will do our best and take steps (for better ties),” Erdogan said.

The Turkish leader’s comments were reported by the state-run Anadolu Agency and other Turkish media on Wednesday.

Erdogan pointed to interest from the United Arab Emirates to mend its ties with Turkey, which has included a visit by the UAE crown prince to Ankara, as an example of what could happen........

© The Times of Israel

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