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Turkey-Israel Tension: What Does President Erdogan Want to Achieve?

Turkey’s relations with Israel are determined, in no small part, by Ankara’s relations with other power blocs, its domestic and broader foreign policy.

  • Guney Yildiz
  • Valdai

The roots of Ankara’s May 14th decision to recall its ambassadors to Washington and Tel Aviv shouldn’t therefore solely be sought in US President Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the US Embassy to Jerusalem or alternatively the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli Defence Forces at the Gaza border.

Vald 2bThe Turkish government’s response to Israel this time has been muted when compared with previous reactions, such as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s clash with former Israeli President Shimon Peres in Davos 2009 or over the Israeli raid on a…

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