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Unformatted text preview: Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol. 9, No. 2, Summer 2010 24 How worthy Israeli Relations for Turkey? Halil Erdemir * Abstract Palestine is a crucial and well-known place for humanity in general for the region in particular. The area is important for religious, cultural, political, strategic and economic matters. Judaism, Christianity and Islam are connected with the region. The well-known world empires and cultures left their ethnic, cultural and/or political marks in the life of regional people. The lucrative energy stocks are either located or connected with the region. The strategic location, military and economic capabilities of Turkey and Israel is significant and noteworthy in the region. They have played roles in the recent past and it seems they will continue to play in the near future. The both countries relationship required delicate policies due to their domestic and international sensitivities. There are ethnic and religious rivalries as well as political and economic clash of interests in the region. Alliances and co-operations in various fields shaped the recent history of the region. The region seems to be the most interesting arenas of political, economic, cultural and military manoeuvres of the influential world and regional powers. Turkey and Israel will play their active or passive roles in the wider scenarios accordance with their influences in regional and/or international politics. The relationship will be affected either upwards or downwards depending on their domestic and international perspectives of the issues. Regional and international developments are influential in shaping consistency of bilateral relations and regional peace. Key words: Turkey, Israel, Palestine, Turkish-Israeli relations, Turkish economy, foreign relations. Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol. 9, No. 2, Summer 2010 25 Introduction Israeli armed forces have raided on the flotilla which headed to Gaza in the Eastern Mediterranean on 31 May 2010. This Israeli attack paved the way an intense diplomatic manoeuvres and public demonstrations around the world as in Turkey. 1 Although this study is not deal with this issue, nevertheless, it will highlight ‘why did the Turkish leaders react to the incident so sharply? ‘Why Turkey deal with Israeli related issues in the region and what is the background of it?’ Israel needed Turkey and the Turkish supports, and its democratic existence in the South Western Asian Countries (SWAC or ‘the Middle East’). The historical and political developments had taken places before, during and after the proclamation of the Republic of Israel as a ‘state’ in Palestine on 14 May 1948 was important issue for Turkey....
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