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Palestinians welcome Turkey-Israel normalization, Ankara says

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Hamas movement chief Ismail Haniyeh, prior to their meeting in Istanbul, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast plan Trump's plan envisions a disjointed Palestinian state that turns over key parts of the West Bank to Israel. It sides with Israel on key contentious issues that have bedeviled past peace efforts, including borders and the status of Jerusalem and Jewish settlements, and attaches nearly impossible conditions for granting the Palestinians their hoped-for state.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey said on Tuesday that Palestinian authorities, including different political factions, welcome the normalization of ties between Turkey and Israel and that they want the dialog to continue.

Last week, Turkey and Israel said they would re-appoint ambassadors, four years after they were expelled.

Renewed ties with Israel will not weaken Turkish support for the Palestinian cause

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said rapprochement in Ankara’s relations with Israel would not diminish Turkey’s support for the Palestinian cause.

TURKISH PRESIDENT Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Istanbul. (credit: MURAT CETINMUHURDAR/PRESIDENTIAL PALACE/REUTERS)

“On the contrary, our Palestinian brothers also express that these steps will contribute to the solution of the Palestinian issue and the improvement of the situation of the Palestinian people,” Erdogan said following a bilateral meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ankara.

Abbas thanked Turkey for its support for Palestinians.

Separately, in a televised interview with broadcaster Haber Global on Tuesday, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said an ambassador candidate for Israel will be presented to President Tayyip Erdogan in the “coming days.”

Source : The Jerusalem Post