Turkey and Israel Send Goodwill Signals

The results are yet unclear, but Israel and Turkey are making efforts to mend or at least contain their rift.

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Aryeh Ben Hayim, | updated: 10:01

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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According to various sources, Israel and Turkey are engaged in direct secret talks with American encouragement in an attempt to restore normal relations.

Netanyahu sent a congratulatory message to Erdogan on his re-election. He was quoted in the Turkish Zaman, a pro-Islamic newspaper that supports the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Erdogan, saying

 “My government will be happy to work with the new Turkish government on finding a resolution to all outstanding issues between our countries, in the hope of re-establishing our cooperation and renewing the spirit of friendship which has characterized the relations between our peoples for many generations.”

A harbinger of the attempt to improve relations was the Turkish pullout from the forthcoming Gaza flotilla.

A few theories suggest themselves to explain why the Turkish government is in a more benevolent mood.

  • The elections in Turkey are over and the AKP has gotten all the mileage it can from the anti-Israeli policy.
  • Turkey has seen in Libya and currently in Syria that a pro-Arab policies not always a bed of roses. In Libya, Turkey lost  investments. Syrian refugees fleeing the Assad regime have crossed over into Turkey.
  • Syria also raised the issue of what  the major humanitarian crisis really is – Gaza or Syria
  • Israel, according to Hurriyet , an opposition daily , announced that the Turkish Red Crescent Society had been given permission to take in all the necessary medical material required to Gaza through the Erez crossing point.







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