Israel and Turkey will expand bilateral air travel as part of a new agreement to be signed this Thursday, the first since 1951, the Jewish state’s transport ministry said today, July 7, Reuters.
“The agreement is expected to lead to the resumption of flights by Israeli companies to various destinations in Turkey, along with flights by Turkish companies to Israel,” the country’s transport authority said in a statement.
Other details of the rapprochement between Israel and Turkey in the field of air travel are not given. But even now it can be safely assumed that the upcoming Israeli-Turkish agreements will puzzle Iran, the largest geopolitical opponent of the Jewish state in the Middle East region.
Recall that relations between Turkey and Israel deteriorated sharply in 2010 after 10 activists were killed on the night of May 31 as a result of an Israeli raid on the Turkish ferry Mavi Marmara, which was heading to deliver humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The incident caused an unprecedented crisis after decades of close Turkish-Israeli relations, including in the field of military cooperation. In 2016, the countries settled the conflict, and in recent months exchanged visits at a high political level as a sign of bilateral normalization.