Israel And Turkey To Normalize Relations


By Ayşe Ulutaş

Six years after an Israeli raid killed Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound flotilla aiming to deliver aid to Palestinians, Turkey and Israel decided to restore diplomatic relations.

On Monday, Prime ministers of both countries simultaneously announced that Turkey and Israel have reached an agreement to normalize ties. Based on the agreement, a $20 million compensation fund will be given to Turkish victims’ families by Israel government and ambassadors to Ankara and Tel Aviv will return in July.

In addition to the plans for compensation and the return of ambassadors, Turkey has decided to end all claims against Israeli military and the State of Israel as a result of the Israeli raid on the flotilla.

While Turkey also had demanded that Israel lifts its blockade on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, Israel wanted Turkey to prevent Hamas leaders from operating within the country.

Instead of lifting Gaza blockade, Israel allowed Turkey to build a hospital in Gaza; and all restrictions on the supply of equipment, drugs and staff to the medical facility will be lifted. Under the control of Israel, Turkey can also construct power plant in Gaza by collaborating with Germany and send humanitarian aid to Gaza through the Israeli port of Ashdod rather than sending it directly to the Palestinian enclave.

According to experts at USAK Center for Middle East and African Studies, Osman Bahadır Dinçer and Büşra Nur Özgüler, these are not extra-gains, instead, the situation related to Gaza returned to what it had been before the Mavi Marmara incident.

USAK experts also claimed that deepening of the regional crisis makes it necessary for the region’s relatively stable countries, including Turkey, to reshape their current political approaches on a real ground.

Additionally, USAK President Özdem Sanberk warned that both countries should be prudent in their statements for the permanent normalized relations.


JTW - the Journal of Turkish Weekly - is a respected Turkish news source in English language on international politics. Established in 2004, JTW is published by Ankara-based Turkish think tank International Strategic Research Organization (USAK).

One thought on “Israel And Turkey To Normalize Relations

  • June 28, 2016 at 10:45 am

    This is non-sense. Turkey-Israel relationship has been going on very strong whether there was Israel Embassy in Turkey or not. Israel has been very influential in Turkey Politics. The two countries have had excellent economic relationships and the trade volume has been increasing significantly. Turkey has also been providing Daesh and Iraqi Kurds oil to Israel at low prices. Sultan Erdogan is a Zionist Muslim and cannot stay a moment without Israel. Sultan Erdogan has been destroying Syria partly for achieving Israel strategy of the New Middle East. Through Turkey all terrorists are entering Syria and Iraq and through Turkey all American weapons are going to these terrorist groups. US imperialism under President Obama knows all these issues; therefore, the Sultan has not been bothered by US and Europe and has never been forced to close his borders with Syria and Iraq. I am not surprised to state that even Israel forced Sultan Erdogan to provide clear apology to President Putin about the shooting of the Russian jet. The sultan, with a pressure from Israel, will do everything that President Putin demanded him to do. Israel now needs Russia more than any other country because Russia can help Israel through her strong relationships with Iran, President Assad, and HezabAllah: the most powerful institution that can defeat the Israeli army anywhere anytime as evidence has shown since 1983.


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