Commentary: Could the Turkish tide turn?

The path to renewed cooperation with Ankara runs through Syria and the Palestinian track

By MOSHE MAOZ
May 14, 2015 10:45
Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (photo credit: REUTERS)

IS RECONCILIATION between Turkey and Israel possible? Israel-Turkey relations haven’t always been so antagonist. On the contrary, they have been characterized by sharp ups and downs. And the key question is whether given the shifting Middle Eastern sands, new common interests can be found and the current downturn reversed.

Turkey was the first Muslim country to recognize Israel in March 1949. For years after that close strategic ties evolved between Jerusalem and Ankara, especially during periods of secular and/or military regimes in Turkey.

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