Repairing ties between Turkey and Israel would allow both countries to
work with America to combat threats from Iran and Syria, United States
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday at an Istanbul press
Kerry spoke in advance of Monday’s meeting in Ankara
between an Israeli delegation led by National Security Adviser Yaakov
Amidror and Turkish officials, who hope to find a way to fully restore
diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Kerry asked Turkish
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to delay his planned trip to Gaza at
the end of May in order not to undermine reconciliation efforts between
Turkey and Israel, as well as Washington’s renewed drive to rekindle
frozen Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
If allies such as Israel
and Turkey put aside differences, they can stand up to mutual threats –
one of which is Iran, Kerry told reporters.