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Spring is in the Air? On the Thawing of Turkey-Israel Relations 3 avril 2013

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INSS Insight (Institute for National Securities Studies) No. 415, April 3, 2013

Gallia Lindenstrauss *

The Israeli apology to Turkey for operational errors during the takeover of the Mavi Marmara in May 2010 and the agreement between the sides to start a process of normalization in relations is a major development, long awaited in Israel, Turkey, and the United States. While many have questioned whether this apology at the current time is sufficient to restore relations, the negotiations underway since the Mavi Marmara episode have made it very clear that without such an apology there was no chance of restoring relations. From this perspective Israel’s move is correct, and even if there are other crises in the future between Jerusalem and Ankara, at least this open wound between the two peoples is in the process of healing.

* Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss is a research associate at INSS.

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