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Turkey: Facing a New MillenniumCoping with Intertwined Conflicts$
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Amikam Nachmani

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063701

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063701.001.0001

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A bridge across the Middle East: The Turkish–Israeli rapprochement

A bridge across the Middle East: The Turkish–Israeli rapprochement

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Turkey: Facing a New Millennium

Amikam Nachmani

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines Turkey's relations with Israel, suggesting that Israel and Turkey have been motivated to weave their close ties by mutual interests, some of them existential. Israel aids Turkey with arms and equipment denied by an indifferent Europe and hostile American public opinion, while Turkey is making its space, ports and other installations available to Israel. The chapter contends that Turkey's relations with Israel and the inevitably pro-Israel position which that relationship projects offer a further expression of Turkey's growing involvement in the Middle East. It also argues that the development in Turkish–Israeli relations adds a more solid element to the much-publicised Turkish–Israeli military cooperation, implying long-term relations, even if Middle Eastern military and political circumstances change.

Keywords:   Turkey, Israel, mutual interests, Middle East, Turkish–Israeli relations, military cooperation

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