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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shook hands with Na’eh’s wife Cheryl, and the couple’s 19-year-old son.
Na’eh, who previously served as deputy ambassador of Israel in London joined Israel’s Foreign Ministry in 1991 and specialized in Turkish affairs. He was posted to Ankara in 1993, where he served as Second and later First Secretary.
He also served as deputy consul general for press and information at the Israeli consulate in Chciago and later as head o f the Turkish, Greek, and Cyprus desk in Jerusalem.
Erdogan expelled the Israeli ambassador in 2010 after nine Turkish citizens were killed when Israeli commandos raided the Mavi Marmara, part of a flotilla that was attempting to reach Gaza.
Following the ceremony, Ambassador Na’eh tweeted: “Very pleased to present my credentials to President Erdoğan and to start a new phase in our relationship between two countries”
“I am very happy to be back in Turkey as ambassador. We have a lot of work to do,” Na’eh told the press after arriving in Turkey on Thursday. “I want to thank Turkey for the support, the aid it sent Israel fighting fires last week. We have a history of helping each other.”
Turkey was among the first countries to send Israel assistance after a wave of wildfires broke out across the country last month.
“The normalization of relations between Turkey and Israel has great significance for the whole region,” said Erdogan during a phone call from Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin thanking the Turkish president for the firefighting help.
After years of tension, this year both countries approved a reconciliation deal that entailed Israel paying $20 million (17.8 million euros) in compensation.
Jerusalem and Turkey have been pushing to complete the deal for months, with Israel in search of a potential customer for its offshore gas exports and NATO member Turkey wanting to restore its regional clout, analysts said.
The United States also pushed for the two countries to resolve the dispute as it seeks cooperation in the fight against extremists from the Islamic State group.
Turkey has appointed Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s foreign affairs advisor Kemal Okem as its ambassador to Israel.