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Israeli Minister of Energy and National Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz at the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, September 27, 2016.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz will visit Turkey this week after the completion of the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

Steinitz is scheduled to attend an international conference on energy: conventional and renewable energy sources, issues of sustainable development, global governance, market regulation, regional ecosystems and activities in the international marketplace.

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The first Israeli minister to visit Istanbul in three years, Steinitz is also slated to meet with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the conference, and although the much anticipated meeting has been ballyhooed in Israeli media, there is no mention of it at all in the Turkish media.

The 23rd World Energy Congress takes place from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, a summit of the global elite in the energy sector with participants from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Switzerland and Germany.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is slated to deliver a speech on the normalization process between Ankara and Moscow during this, his first visit to the country since the crisis sparked on Nov. 24 last year when a Turkish jet fired on a Russian military aircraft. Both Erdogan and Putin are expected to outline their visions for world energy at the forum.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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