|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?