Nederlandsch Genootschap voor Internationale Zaken
Internationale Spectator: Tijdschrift voor Internationale Politiek vol:63 issue:5 pages:239-242
The author looks at current relations between Turkey and Israël. The Turkish prime minister Erdogan took the lead in the Islamic World with his plain criticism of the Israeli military action in Gaza. This raises the question whether the Turkish-Israeli relationship is under threat. Turkey is focussing its foreign policy much more to the Middle East. Does this in combination with the criticism on Israël mean that Turkey is turning away from the West? Opinions are divided: some analysts talk about a new 'Orientalism', whereas others say that Turkey is just conducting a policy of 'complementarity' and that relations with Israël will not suffer as there are too many military and technological interests at stake between the two states. It remains to be seen whether the popular mood in Turkey, which is very anti-Israel, will direct the foreign policy away from cooperation with Israël.