Ladders and ropes: Israeli–Turkish relations 2010–20

Efrat Aviv

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While Turkey was the first Muslim majority state to recognise Israel, bilateral relations underwent many ups and downs in subsequent decades, peaking in the 1990s and experiencing a sharp deterioration since the mid-2000s that culminated in the Mavi Marmara flotilla crisis of 2010. This article examines Turkish-Israeli relations in the 2010s, known as the ‘lost decade’, with a special emphasis on whether this period constitutes a continuation of the declining relations or a new link in the relations between the two states. Indeed, the hesitant reconciliation process that began in March 2022 with the return of ambassadors and a series of fence-mending steps was brought to an abrupt end in October 2023 as Ankara threw its full weight behind Hamas in its war against Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-82
Number of pages13
JournalIsrael Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2024

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  • AKP
  • Erdoğan
  • Hamas
  • Islamism
  • Israel
  • Mavi Marmara
  • Netanyahu
  • Turkey
  • economic relations


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