Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan phoned President Yitzhak Herzog  and congratulated him upon his assumption of office. The two spoke for about 40 minutes in what was described as a very positive conversation.

   A statement issued by the President’s Residence said that Herzog and Erdogan believe that the relationship between Turkey and Israel is very important to the security and stability of the Middle East and that there is great potential for cooperation in many spheres.  

 Despite the phone call, the Turkish Foreign Ministry  condemned Israel for demolishing houses several times this past year in the Jordan Valley.

KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Alon Liel, the former head of Israel’s mission in Turkey, about the significance of the phone call.