Can Iran become a point of contact in Turkish-Israeli relations? News. Last Minute WORLD headlines and events
The possibility of a return to power of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to take over as prime minister after his victory in Israel’s November elections, raises questions about the future of Turkish-Israeli rapprochement. Experts warn of an unstable course in relations between Netanyahu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory and his appointment as prime minister-elect came at a time of closer Turkish-Israeli relations.
But during Netanyahu’s previous premiership, mutual insults between him and Erdogan became commonplace in their relationship.
According to Gallia Lindenstrauss of the Institute for National Security Studies.
A war of words has prevailed between the two leaders, especially since the previous normalization process reached a breaking point in 2018.
However, the expert notes that both leaders are very pragmatic and have been in power for a long time.
Erdogan quickly called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election victory. Both sides stated that this conversation was sincere.
Both leaders share concerns about Iran’s growing influence in the region and its nuclear program. The Iran issue creates common ground for the two countries.
Presidential adviser Mesut Kasin said that Iran’s relations with both Turkey and Israel have changed, and that this benefits both sides. Pointing out that Iran is one of Israel’s biggest problems, Kazin noted that Netanyahu was suspicious of the issue of nuclear weapons.
Saying that Netanyahu sees Iran almost as a nuclear power, Kazin said turning Iran into a nuclear power is also against Turkey’s vital interests and stressed that it would upset the balance in the Middle East.
Have Ankara’s priorities changed?
Netanyahu is counting on the support of parties that some experts see as tough on Palestine. At this point, however, Erdogan’s strong support for the Palestinians draws attention. Experts: Could Ankara’s priorities have changed? asks a question.
Asli Aydintashbash of the Brookings Institution says the Palestine issue has previously served as a litmus test between Turkey and Israel, but that period may be over, according to Aydintashbash. The expert believes that Turkey needs Israel’s support and develops strategic relations with Israel.
Erdogan’s approach to Israel is part of his broader policy of regional rapprochement. Experts say leaders in the region do not like Erdogan’s strong support for Palestine.
For now, Ankara’s priorities seem to be focused on cooperation with Israel in a number of areas, from energy to defense.
Stating that Turkey is seeking military cooperation with Israel, Kashin noted that very good military agreements have been concluded between Turkey and Israel.
The Israeli and Turkish defense industries share the same market. However, experts say any possible collaboration will be approached with caution due to the turbulent history between the two leaders.
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