Israel rebuilds relations; Filmmakers arrested in Nigeria: Israel Update
July 16, 2021
During Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s meeting with his European Union counterparts on Monday, Israel and the EU moved closer to restoring a key, annual, bilateral forum that last took place in 2012. At Lapid’s meeting with the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, most countries supported the idea of scheduling an Association Council meeting and strengthening the bilateral relationship in general. In his address to his EU counterparts, Lapid backed a two-state solution with the Palestinians, and noted Europe’s and Israel’s shared democratic values. The foreign minister is seeking to open a new chapter with the bloc after more than ten years of strained ties.
Israel and Turkey have agreed to work on improving their strained relations following a phone call between the presidents of the two countries. A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s AK Party said that the call with Israeli President Isaac Herzogcreated a framework for improving relations between Ankara and Jerusalem. In their call, the presidents emphasized that "the ties between Israel and Turkey are of great importance to the security and the stability of the Middle East, and there is great potential for cooperation between the countries in many fields.” The call readout also showed that Herzog and Erdogan stressed “the significance of maintaining contact and ongoing dialogue despite the differences of opinion, with the goal of making positive steps toward a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This comes after years of Turkish criticism of Israel's actions towards the Palestinians.