Israel will open a permanent office at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters in Brussels, the alliance announced Wednesday in a sign of warming relations between Israel and Turkey.

While not a member of the alliance, Israel is one of more than a dozen nations designated by the U.S. as a major non-NATO ally. Turkey, a full-fledged member of the bloc, had opposed attempts by Israel to open an office in the Belgian capital to represent its interests in NATO.

Since December, however, Turkey and Israel have accelerated efforts to restore diplomatic and military ties that were sharply downgraded in 2010 after Israeli forces raided six Turkish vessels seeking to break Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip, killing eight Turks and a Turkish-American activist. […]