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PA chief Abbas helped facilitate Herzog-Erdogan call — report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and President Isaac Herzog (right). (AP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and President Isaac Herzog (right). (AP)

It was Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who told new President Isaac Herzog that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was interested in reaching out, reports Channel 13 News.

Herzog and Erdogan spoke last night for 40 minutes, in the first direct contact between Turkish and Israeli leaders in many years.

Abbas and Herzog, who just took office last week, held their own conversation one day earlier. Abbas has just returned from a trip to Istanbul over the weekend to meet Erdogan.

According to the report, Abbas is interested in somewhat rebuilding cooperation efforts between the PA and Israel that has broken down in recent years.

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