New York, NY, August 17, 2022 – Following confirmation by Israeli Prime Minister Lapid along with Turkish President Erdoğan of the return to full normalization between the two countries, the American Jewish Congress applauds both leaders in light of this pivotal development. Moreover, the notion of full normalization between Turkey and Israel represents a significant chapter in a rapidly evolving Middle East and will undoubtedly garner benefits for the people of Turkey and Israel alike. From travel to trade, from tourism to innovation, this major step is hopefully the first in a long line of prosperity – and again, the American Jewish Congress commends this important news.

In March of this year, the American Jewish Congress highlighted Israeli President Herzog’s historic visit to Turkey and his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, marking the first visit by a high-level Israeli official in 14 years. As we stated then, President Herzog’s visit contributed to paving the way for the normalization and advancement between Israel and Turkey after years of estrangement – and today, we are proud to see that potential for the betterment of this relationship come to fruition. As is known – diplomacy between these two countries has always been important from an economic, strategic, and cultural point of view – but has regrettably suffered strain over the years. With this new embark, the slate for a renewed installment between Israel and Turkey is officially underway, and the American Jewish Congress stands by to assist in any way, shape, or form.

Following the news of restored diplomatic relations, Jack Rosen, President of the American Jewish Congress, issued the following statement: News of renewed diplomacy between Israel and Turkey is a major step for peace, and the American Jewish Congress applauds all the leaders that were involved in this critical development. Dating back to 1949, when Turkey was the first Muslim majority country to recognize the State of Israel – the relationship between these two nations has been shrouded in exceptional importance. With this important resolution of diplomatic ties, safety and security are advanced, as are the stigmas of acceptance and tolerance in a region that needs it most.”

As we have echoed in the past, the American Jewish Congress firmly believes in the importance of relations between these two powers, and we will continue to support their relationship to better the lives of millions across the region.

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