What Are the Motivations for Israel and Turkey to Restore their Relationship?

Nurşin ATEŞOĞLU GÜNEY
13 January 2016
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Israeli media outlets have it that Tel-Aviv and Ankara have reached a preliminary agreement to terminate the five years of estrangement in the wake of the 2010 Mavi Marmara Flotilla, and that have finally begun to restore diplomatic relations. Still, Turkish officials have stated that an agreement has yet to be finalized but that there has been significant progress in this regard. IR specialists and journalists have started to question the reasons behind this sudden new momentum towards reconciliation. Under the current complex security conditions within the Middle East, where alliances are in a state of flux, Ankara and Tel-Aviv are making their own assessments about the changing balance of power in the region and hence re-designing their own alignments. If the alliance between Israel and Turkey becomes operational, it is then expected to have a substantial impact on the existing balance of power among the US led -anti-DAESH-coalition groups of states as well as among the Russian led alliance of Iran, Syria, the Baghdadi central government and the Hezbollah axis in the region. The competition between the two opposing alliances of the future Middle East will surely determine whether stable relations among the states in the region will hold or not,  especially in relation to the ongoing Iraqi and Syrian crises. That is why this analysis aims to focus on the main reasons that have put both the Israeli and Turkish sides in a mood for reconciliation, and also to determine where the two sides are currently standing by; thus it will better evaluate their relationship.   

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