Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reacted for the first time to the results of the Turkish elections that took place Sunday, at a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Rome on Monday.
First of all, the prime minister said, we "need to praise that there are elections in Turkey." In the Middle East, he explained, "it's not something to take for granted."
Regarding relations between the two countries, which have deteriorated over the past year, Netanyahu told reporters in Hebrew, "We will always try to fix what's broken, and to fix end the deterioration" in ties with Ankara.
Four years ago, he said, "there were 400,000 Israeli tourists in Turkey. We have no reason or desire to continue with bad relations. We'd be happy for any way to improve [relations] with any state or leader that wants to."