Former chairman Tzachi Hanegbi of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee said, Monday, that it would be possible to solve Israel's diplomatic crisis with Turkey, following Yisrael Beyteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman's resignation as foreign minister. The Likud-Beyteinu candidate for Knesset was quoted by Israel Defense Forces Radio as saying that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "fell in love with this pose of challenging Israel. Maybe now there is a window of opportunity to move forward on this matter."
Erdoğan has been outspoken in his criticism of Israel since the Operation Cast Lead counter-terror campaign in Gaza, four years ago. While Turkey helped Israel fight the Carmel Ridge fire near Haifa, two years ago, the government in Ankara downgraded diplomatic relations following the death of nine Turkish citizens aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara who were killed when they attacked Israeli commandos who boarded the ship to divert it from its attempt to break the naval blockade on Gaza.