Turkey has appointed its new ambassador to Israel after a delay of two years.
The development is seen as an attempt to improve ties with incoming President-elect Joe Biden’s government, Al-Monitor cited sources. Ufuk Ulutas, 40, is chairman for the Centre for Strategic Research at the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
He is a political appointee who studied Hebrew and Middle Eastern politics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, read the publication. The Turkish official is also an expert on Israel’s regional rival, Iran, but is not a career diplomat. In May 2018, Ankara withdrew its envoy over deadly attacks against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip which claimed the lives over 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces amid the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.