Improved Ties with Turkey ‘Very Important,’ Says Israeli Prime Minister

JERUSALEM (AFP)–Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees “great importance” in improving ties with Turkey as the two states seek to patch up shaky relations, an Israeli diplomatic source said Tuesday.

The comments came after Turkish and Israeli diplomats met for two days in Geneva in a bid to salvage ties, in deep crisis since a May 31 Israeli raid on an aid ship in which eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent were killed.

“Netanyahu sees great importance in improving these ties, but above all he’s determined to see that IDF [Israeli Defense Force] soldiers and officers will not be open to lawsuits and arrests around the world,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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