Supporting Israel-Turkey Reconciliation

June 2016
Conference Summaries / Israel and the East Mediterranean

Turkey-Israel relations experienced several peaks and valleys in the last six decades, yet the dominant narrative between the two countries emphasized their shared strategic interests in the Middle East. This narrative reached its apex in the 1990s, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the signing of the Oslo Accords by Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization in 1993. However Turkey-Israel relations experienced a severe deterioration following the collapse of the peace process. New elites in both countries lacked familiarity with the perspectives of the other, and a series of debacles, including the flotilla incident in 2010, demonstrated that the narrative once shared by Turkey and Israel was no longer viable

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