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A bridge across the Middle East: The Turkish–Israeli rapprochement

Amikam Nachmani

in Turkey: Facing a New Millennium

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063701
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700389 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063701.003.0008
A bridge across the Middle East: The Turkish–Israeli rapprochement

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This chapter examines Turkey's relations with Israel, suggesting that Israel and Turkey have been motivated to weave their close ties by mutual interests, some of them existential. Israel aids Turkey with arms and equipment denied by an indifferent Europe and hostile American public opinion, while Turkey is making its space, ports and other installations available to Israel. The chapter contends that Turkey's relations with Israel and the inevitably pro-Israel position which that relationship projects offer a further expression of Turkey's growing involvement in the Middle East. It also argues that the development in Turkish–Israeli relations adds a more solid element to the much-publicised Turkish–Israeli military cooperation, implying long-term relations, even if Middle Eastern military and political circumstances change.

Keywords: Turkey; Israel; mutual interests; Middle East; Turkish–Israeli relations; military cooperation

Chapter.  22917 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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