Herzog’s political blitz: from Abu Mazen, through King Abdullah to Erdogan

Political sources in Jerusalem estimate that following the surprising conversation that took place on Tuesday, the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan With the President of the State Yitzhak HerzogFurther contacts between the two countries are expected. The conversation was initiated by Erdogan, who wanted to congratulate President Herzog on his election. Coordinations for the call were made through the Foreign Ministry and the president’s political adviser, Ambassador Zvi Aviner and Penny.

The conversation between the two presidents lasted about 40 minutes and was defined as positive. The presidents emphasized in the conversation that Israeli-Turkish relations are of great importance for security and stability in the Middle East and that there is a high potential for cooperation between the two countries in many areas, especially in the fields of energy, tourism and technology.

In the conversation, the two noted that despite the corona epidemic, bilateral trade between the countries continues and that the full range of economic ties between them needs to be expanded and developed. A statement from President Herzog’s office said: “The presidents attach great importance to the continuation of contacts and continuous dialogue, despite all disagreements, in order to promote positive steps to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which will also contribute to improving Israeli-Turkish relations.”

The conversation with Erdogan was the culmination of a political blitz held by Herzog since his election. He talked to King Abdullah of Jordan, With the Chairman of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen, Met yesterday for the first political working meeting with the Vice President of Equatorial Guinea, participated last night in the Global Forum to Combat Anti-Semitism led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and today will participate in Tel Aviv in the opening event of the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Israel.

Meanwhile, a political figure in the Knesset wondered yesterday whether President Herzog would become “foreign minister,” in light of his pronounced political activism. In this regard, the President’s House emphasized that all the talks and meetings chaired by the President were coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and were conducted with the Prime Minister’s knowledge. Naftali Bennett, foreign Minister Yair Lapid And the Minister of Defense Bnei Gantz.

A source in the President’s House said that the president is taking advantage of his status as a recognized and respected statesman in the international arena, to assist the new government. “There is no move here that is on the head of Lapid or another minister,” the source stressed. It is estimated that further Herzog initiatives in the political arena are also expected vis-à-vis Arab countries, but all in full coordination with the prime minister and ministers concerned, according to a source in the presidential house, who stressed that the president has no intention of taking any position. “Where the president can open delegates in the international arena, he will do so,” he said.

Yitzhak Herzog, Naftali Bennett (Photo: Mark Neiman, GPO)

Following the political talks that Herzog is holding these days, Lapid told his office that “Herzog is a partner and everything is done in coordination and dialogue between us. I am interested in utilizing his abilities and connections, for me we are one coordinated unit. “Lapid added that” in my opinion, Herzog is not a ‘competitor’ in the Foreign Ministry. It multiplies incredible power. Also thanks to his branched network of connections in the world. There is no world leader who does not know and love him. ”

“There is no door closed to him – from Buckingham to the White House. And also thanks to the fact that he is a close friend and we share a similar worldview, allows us to plan and make moves together for the benefit of the country. I am very much building on him Said Lapid.

Although his international activities grabbed the headlines in the first week of his tenure, the president is also operating in the domestic arena. Yesterday he held his first working meeting with the chief of staff, Major General Aviv Kochavi. During the meeting, the chief of staff reviewed the operational situation and security challenges. The president thanked the chief of staff and expressed his confidence in the IDF soldiers and commanders.


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