A Handshake in Ankara

YERUSHALAYIM -
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a ceremony marking the 94th anniversary of Victory Day at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters).
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a ceremony marking the 94th anniversary of Victory Day at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday. (Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters).

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed on Wednesday the reconciliation agreement with Israel, already ratified by parliament.

That was expected.

What was not expected was the handshake with the interim head of Israel’s embassy in Ankara, Shani Cooper.

During the traditional celebration of the country’s Victory Day on August 30, Erdoğan asked to welcome Cooper. She presented herself and expressed Israel’s support for the Turkish president and republic. Erdoğan expressed hopefulness about the two countries’ diplomatic relations and wished Cooper success in her new post, according to a Ynet report.

She was appointed to head the embassy until the formal exchange of ambassadors.

The Israeli government has also approved the deal, and it goes into effect after one week if there are no objections.