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After inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to his country for a meeting, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to distance himself from a diplomatic expulsions of ten Israeli diplomats.
Earlier in the week, Erdogan claimed the diplomats were “occupying” his country, and called for the troops to be expelled.
Of the ten, four are diplomats and four are Israeli contractors.
But Erdogan’s spokesman said on Thursday that the outgoing diplomats have been assured they will get their jobs back, claiming relations are “improving.”
And the Israeli Foreign Ministry isn’t confident Erdogan is in control of his country’s consulate in Jerusalem. They say the consulate “is not equipped to perform its functions as fully as it should under Israeli law.”
Fox News correspondent Lucas Tomlinson spent the day with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office, and spoke with Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.
Tomlinson reported this afternoon that “Ambassador Dermer said the peace efforts between Israel and Turkey – after years of tensions – are at a critical stage. Tomlinson explained that after being decimated by multiple countries throughout the region and throughout the world, the Muslim Holy City of Jerusalem is the “emboldening factor that this is still an option.”
Tensions between the two sides began mounting after Erdogan called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”
He also said earlier this month that both the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate in Tel Aviv should be moved to Jerusalem, a territory where Israel sees the undivided capital city of its homeland.
Watch the report above.
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