New Israeli ambassador to Turkey arrives in Ankara

Israeli-Turkish relations broke down in 2010 when 10 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed by Israeli commandos enforcing a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

December 1, 2016 13:04
1 minute read.
Eitan Na'eh

Eitan Na'eh. (photo credit: TWITTER)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Five years and three months after Turkey unceremoniously showed Israel’s ambassador Gabby Levy the door, new ambassador Eitan Na’eh arrived in Ankara on Thursday as the two countries have resumed full diplomatic ties.

Turkey’s new envoy to Israel, Kemal Okem, is expected to arrive here next week.

Israel's new ambassador to Turkey arrives in AnkaraThe ties between the two countries, which reached a “golden age” in the late 1990s and early 2000s before the election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as prime minister, deteriorated sharply following Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, and went into a tailspin following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

The Turkish media noted that upon arriving at Ankara’s airport, Na’eh thanked Turkey for the assistance it sent last week to help battle the fires that ravaged Israel.

Both countries, he said, “have a history of helping each other in times of need.”

Na’eh, 53, comes to Ankara from London, where he was deputy ambassador. He served in Israel’s embassy in Ankara for a number of years starting in 1993, before going to Chicago in 1997 to be deputy consul-general.

From 2001 to 2005, Na’eh was ambassador to Azerbaijan, and he also has served as head of the Turkey, Greece and Cyprus desk in the Foreign Ministry, as well as in a senior position on the National Security Council.

Okem, meanwhile, is a foreign policy adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, and also served in that capacity to the previous premier, Ahmet Davutoglu.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France
April 20, 2019
Jerusalem lights its Notre Dame with French colors in solidarity