Diplomacy

Netanyahu Condemns Terror Attack in Ankara, Expresses Solidarity with Turkish People

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a Sunday car bombing in the Turkish capital that left at least 34 people dead, The Times of Israel reported on Monday.

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemns the large-scale terrorist attack in Ankara in which innocent citizens lost their lives and many dozens were injured,” read a statement released by Netanyahu’s office. “Israel expresses solidarity with the Turkish people in the war against terrorism and calls on the international community to unite in the fight against terrorism.”

The bombing, which injured over 100 people, is the latest in a series of terror attacks against Turkey, which is fighting against Kurdish rebels while facing threats from the Islamic State and hosting nearly 2 million Syrian refugees.

The Times of Israel described the statement as “[highlighting] growing efforts between Jerusalem and Ankara to reestablish ties” after years of estrangement.

Israel and Turkey reached an agreement to normalize ties late last year.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters from Turkey’s leading newspapers earlier this year that “Israel is in need of a country like Turkey in the region.” Erdogan added, “And we too must accept that we need Israel. This is a reality in the region. If mutual steps are implemented based on sincerity, then normalization will follow.”

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