ANKARA (Dispatches) – Turkey has appointed a new ambassador to the Israeli-occupied territories after a two-year absence, reports say.
In May 2018, Ankara withdrew its envoy over deadly attacks against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip who were protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.
The move to appoint Ufuk Ulutas, 40, as the new Turkish ambassador is part of an attempt to improve ties with incoming President-elect Joe Biden’s administration, a report by Al Monitor quoting "well-placed sources” revealed last week.
Turkey first broke off diplomatic ties with the Zionist regime in 2010 after 10 pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed by Zionist regime commandos who boarded a Turkish-owned flotilla trying to deliver aid and break the regime’s years-long maritime blockade of Gaza.
They restored ties in 2016, but relations soured again in 2018 in the aftermath of the U.S. embassy move.
Despite the new reported appointment of Ulutas as ambassador, it remains to be seen whether Ankara will establish full diplomatic ties with the Zionist regime.
Erdogan and Zionist prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu have often exchanged angry remarks, with a war of words reaching a boiling point about two years ago.
At the time, Erdogan called Netanyahu a "terrorist” in response to Netanyahu’s comments rejecting Ankara’s "moral lessons” over the Zionist regime’s army’s killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza and labeling Erdogan as someone who "bombs Kurdish villagers”.
Erdogan had also criticized a controversial Zionist regime law that defined the occupied territories as the "nation-state” for Zionists.