Turkish President Isaac Herzog said in a telephone conversation with his Israeli counterparts that “If you act in a way of mutual understanding, you can minimize differences of opinion.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a rare telephone conversation with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, saying that the continued dialogue between the two countries is in the common interest.
A statement from the Turkish Communications Agency said that Erdogan emphasized the importance of the relationship between the two countries to “Middle East security and stability” in the discussion on Thursday, and pointed out that “if actions are taken with mutual understanding between the two sides, you can Minimize differences of opinion. Bilateral and regional issues”.
Erdogan further emphasized the importance of restoring the “culture of peace, tolerance and coexistence in the region”, as well as strengthening Palestine-Israel relations and restoring the peace process.
He also stated that maintaining talks and dialogues between Turkey and Israel will be “mutually beneficial.”
The Israeli President issued a statement saying that the conversation was conducted in a positive spirit, adding that the two leaders agreed to maintain contact.
The call came a few hours after an Israeli couple was detained in Turkey for a week on suspicion of espionage.
According to the national news agency Anadolu, Modi and Natali Oknin were arrested on suspicion of photographing Erdogan’s home in Istanbul. According to Turkish media reports, the Istanbul court accused them of “political and military espionage.”
The agency said an employee reported the incident to the police after seeing the couple taking photos of their residences from the tower restaurant. A Turkish national who was with the couple was also arrested on charges of political and military espionage.
Oknins denied these allegations, and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid insisted that the couple were not employees of any intelligence agency.
Erdogan is a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause, and he often accuses Israel of “terrorism” against the Palestinians.
Relations between Turkey and Israel have been tense, especially since the Israeli army killed Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2018 and the ambassadors were withdrawn.