Israel needs Turkey much more. Surrounded in a sea of potential enemies, Turkey can be a very valuable ally to Israel in many ways - economic, strategic, trade, military(remember previously IAF trains in Turkey).
Obama cleverly managed to get Netanyahu to begin patching things up with Turks.
Quokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1072 times:
Quoting RobertNL070 (Reply 1): After Mavi Marmara Turkey sought alliances with Arab neighbours.
Turkey has previously had friendly relations with its Arab neighbours, even before the Mavi Marmara incident. It was for that reason Turkey could play a mediating role. That possibility disappeared during the caustic dispute between Israel and Turkey, and in part helps explain why Egypt was able to act as mediator between Israel and Hamas more recently.
Certainly the move is influenced by events in Syria in particular. Israel is concerned that there may be attacks on Israel and an attempt to reclaim the Golan Heights, while Turkey is facing both a large influx of refugees and is reluctant to become dragged into a full-scale war. Both countries have an interest in seeing that the conflict in Syria does not spill over into Lebanon, so now is an ideal time to patch up their differences.
I wonder though if a part of the US's prompting of a resumption of "normalcy" was Obama's efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the alleged aim of Iran to procure nuclear weapons? Turkey and Iran are on friendly terms, a relationship which seemed to improve during the tension between Turkey and Israel. The two countries have well-established economic links, with many Iranian tourists visiting Turkey and Turkey importing gas form Iran. Last year Turkey was instrumental in bringing together a meeting between the leaders of Iran and Egypt, the first such meeting for several years. Is Obama contemplating trying to encourage Turkey to act as mediator to influence Iran and thereby reassure Israel of its security?
Netanyahu starts to become a real statesman ---- and realises that to ally with the major statesman in the Eastern Med makes sensel As a realist he realises that Mr Erdogan is, whatever results, the REAL winner of the crisis in the Greek sector of Cyprus. Mr Erdogan is now host to almost half a million Arabs from Syria, he is head of governmert of a country which is a prime supplier of industrial stuff to the Arab World
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13602 posts, RR: 63 Reply 6, posted (8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 927 times:
There is another movement going on as well concerning Turkey: The jailed leader of the Kurdish PKK guerilla group (the biggest Kurdish separatist movement) has called for a ceasefire and ordered his troops to withdraw from Turkey. Similarly it looks that at the same time Turkey is suspending their operations against the PKK. Annd both orders seem to be obeyed by the troops on the ground, and serious talks have been proposed.
From what I´ve read from several sources it looks that after 30 years of war both the Kurdish and Turkish civilian populations have had enough of it. Might there e peace in the Middle East coming?
yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16110 posts, RR: 57 Reply 7, posted (8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 886 times:
Quoting mercure1 (Reply 2): Israel needs Turkey much more. Surrounded in a sea of potential enemies, Turkey can be a very valuable ally to Israel in many ways - economic, strategic, trade, military(remember previously IAF trains in Turkey).
They are valuable to each other. But yes, Israel needs Turkey more.