'Hamas' main hurdle to Turkey-Israel normalization

Israel's top diplomat in Turkey tells about the process of normalization between Israel and Turkey

'Hamas' main hurdle to Turkey-Israel normalization

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israel's most senior representative in Turkey, Shai Cohen, said Tuesday that the normalization agreement between Turkey and Israel can be reached in one or two more rounds of meetings.

Istanbul Consul General Cohen said that those rounds are only going to be held after May 22, when the new Turkish government is expected to be formed. 

Speaking to the Hürriyet daily, Cohen said that some Turkey's demands, such as the compensation for the martyrs of the Mavi Marmara and assistance in form of relief for Gaza, can easily be agreed upon within the normalization document or agreement signed between the two countries.

However, Cohen warned that Turkey's relations with Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, could be a probliem.

''We can not make a deal with the Turkish authorities when they shake their hands with Hamas, a terrorist organization. Our worst enemy is Hamas. Turkey needs to review its relationship with them," Cohen said. 

''Turkey cannot fulfil its desire to help Gaza by working with a terrorist organization, we need to find a solution," he added. 

Yet Cohen expressed belief that an agreement on this issue can be reached. 



Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Mayıs 2016, 14:30