Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30
By Elena Kosolapova - Trend: An agreement on the normalization of relation signed on June 28 between Turkey and Israel will favor stability in the Gaza Strip, Nimrod Goren, the founder and chairman of Mitvim - Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, believes.
“The deal enables Turkey to launch infrastructure projects in Gaza, which will improve living conditions of Palestinians there, and will have the potential to increase stability between Israel and Gaza,” Goren told Trend in an email.
The expert noted that Turkey will be able to serve as a mediator between Israel and Palestinian organization Hamas, at times of need.
In addition, Goren expects the deal on normalizations of relations enables Israel and Turkey to cooperate and coordinate regarding security threats in the changing Middle East, and to promote the export to Turkey of Israeli natural gas.
Moreover, reconciliation with Turkey means that Israel can once again enjoy normal relations with a major Muslim-populated country, normal relations that also include tourism and civil society cooperation, the expert said.
Meanwhile Goren believes that in spite of the deal, differences between Turkey and Israel will remain, especially on the Palestinian issue.
“As long as there is no breakthrough in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Israel-Turkey relations will not resemble the alliance of the 1990s,” he said.
The expert expects, they are more likely to return to the model of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s first years in power in Turkey (until 2008), during which he also visited Jerusalem and met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, alongside his growing support for the Palestinian cause.
Edited by SI
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