Voltaire Network

Turkey and Israel finalize the resumption of diplomatic relations

+

This weekend, several Turkish and Israeli delegations will meet in a European capital to finalize the resumption of their diplomatic relations, which had been interrupted after the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara.

In 2010, IHH, an association of the Turkish Muslim Brothers, had organized the “Freedom Flotilla”, claiming to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza (although the Flotilla was not [in fact] carrying the materials that has been announced). The ships had been pirated by the Israeli army in international waters, raising much concern within the international community.

After asking for an apology, Turkey settled for an international enquiry.

The current Turkish minister of Foreign Affairs, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, and Doctor Joseph Ciechanover for Israel conducted the negotiations.

The new Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yıldırım, announced his intention to return to the policy of “zero problems” with his neighbours, a policy which had been abandoned in 2010. At the time, Turkey hoped to capitalize on the Palestinian issue to re-establish its former influence over the Arab world. However, in 6 years, the regional situation has been turned upside down. It is no longer a question of Tel-Aviv seeking to make an alliance of Non-Arab states (Turkey and Iran) in the region, (the Periphery doctrine); instead, Tel Aviv seeking to build a new regional order with Saudi Arabia and Turkey against Iran.

The two parties should announce their meeting on 26 June and resume diplomatic relations in July. It is only then that the Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Israel and Turkey, concluded in April, will be able to enter into force.

Translation
Anoosha Boralessa

Voltaire Network

Voltaire, international edition

Article licensed under Creative Commons

The articles on Voltaire Network may be freely reproduced provided the source is cited, their integrity is respected and they are not used for commercial purposes (license CC BY-NC-ND).

Support Voltaire Network

You visit this website to seek quality analysis that enables you to forge your own understanding of today’s world. In order to continue our work, we need you to support our efforts.
Help us by making a contribution.

How to participate in Voltaire Network?

The members of our team are all volunteers.
- Professional-level mother-tongue translators: you can help us by translating our articles.

293. Venezuela : democracy to the test of unconventional war
«Current Concerns», n°1, January 10th, 2018
Venezuela : democracy to the test of unconventional war
Partners
 
The truly explosive book? The one Trump signed
“The Art of War”
The truly explosive book? The one Trump signed
by Manlio Dinucci, Voltaire Network
 
The first: attacks using groups of drones on the battlefield
The first: attacks using groups of drones on the battlefield
by Thierry Meyssan, Voltaire Network
 
What's happening in Jordan?
What’s happening in Jordan?
Voltaire Network
 
292. Europe and Russia
«Current Concerns», n°32, December 31st, 2017
Europe and Russia
Partners
 
291. Nato's illegal wars
«Current Concerns», n°31, December 15th, 2017
Nato’s illegal wars
Partners
 
290. Agricultural policy
«Current Concerns», n°29-30, December 1st, 2017
Agricultural policy
Partners