Energy in the Eastern Mediterranean: Can it Facilitate Dispute Resolution?
Sylvia Tiryaki’s analysis on the Turkish-Israeli relations entitled “Freedom Flotilla: Before and Aftermath” was published in the issue 3, volume 1 of the Middle East Observer (MEO), a journal featuring articles on Middle East and Persian Gulf Unit, published by Athens-based Institute for Security and Defence Analysis. Check out her analysis here.
After more than sixty one years, the Israeli – Turkish relations have entered a phase that some observers are prone to see as the final one. It is the least to say that, had such an assumption been correct, it would not have been the happiest end; and certainly not a desirable one.
Sylvia Tiryaki was interviewed by the Swedish Daily SvD. She commented on the latest developments in the Israel-Turkey relations and answered questions regarding freedom flotilla issue. If you speak Swedish, check out her interview here.
Turkey and Israel: two traditional regional allies. Two countries with different backgrounds but also with many similarities that led to a long association with each other. Two business partners whose bilateral trade volume increased under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government by 145 percent and reached $4 billion.Is the saga of a relatively happy coexistence of the only two functional democracies with secular political structures in the region over? Can this already very strained relationship survive after the Israeli raid on the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla of six ships that led to the killing of Turkish citizens by Israeli naval commandos? How has it happened that by expressing its willingness to mediate in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Turkey became a sort of party to the conflict? How far can Israel go with its far-fetched assertiveness? What will happen next? These and others are the questions that puzzle many minds.