Erdogan says Turkey wants better ties with Israel, talks continue
Of Turkey says ties with Israel could be improved, adding that bilateral talks have been ongoing at the intelligence level. NPR's Peter Kenyon reports president rigid type Erdogan says Israeli policies toward the Palestinians are unacceptable. President, rigid type. Erdogan spoke with reporters following Friday prayers in Istanbul, saying quote Our ties could have been very different were it not for what he described his issues with people at the top level. Underwear toe on Turkey's relations with Israel soured in spite of strong commercial trade between the countries. Turkey was long a quiet but key ally of Israel's, but the main sticking point for Ankara has been the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Erdogan repeated that concern, saying Israel's treatment of the Palestinians remains a red line for Ankara. But he said Turkey hopes to see relations improve in the future.