Turkey-Israel tensions are temporary phenomenon: Turkish expert
Turkey, Istanbul, Jan. 13 / Trend H.Altinalan /
Tensions between Turkey and Israel are a temporary phenomenon, Galatasaray University International Relations Department member Beril Dedeoglu said.
"Turkey-Israel tensions are a temporary phenomenon," the expert told Trend over the telephone.
Israeli Ambassador to Ankara Gaby Levy was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry for clarification after a recent scandal between Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon and Turkish Ambassador to Israel Ahmet Oguz Celikkol. The Israeli diplomat made the ambassador wait for a long time outside his office and then refused to shake his hand.
The diplomatic conflict broke out after the film "Kurtlar Vadisi" was broadcast on Turkish television, which the Israeli diplomat said was antisemitic.
Israeli Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer spoke of the need to apologize for the incident at the Foreign Ministry.
According to Dedeoglu, several parties wish to normalize relations between the countries.
"Interference in the matter of politicians, who seek to normalize the Turkey-Israel relations, may help stabilize the situation," he said.
According to the Turkish expert, the Israeli diplomat's tough position demonstrated against the Turkish Ambassador is directed not only against Ankara, but also against world public opinion, protesting against the construction of security wall in Palestine.
"Through tough stance against the Turkish Ambassador Israel wants to make it clear to the world that the construction of security wall in Palestine continues and no turning back," he said.
He added that Turkey also expressed different views concerning the deterioration of relations with Israel. For example, the Turkish Foreign Minister did not wish to see Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Ankara, he said.
The temporary coldness between the two countries is not a matter of serious concern in Washington, the expert said.
"Israel's regional policy serves the U.S. interests. Providing pressure on Israel by the U.S. ally like Turkey, is not so important for Washington," he said.
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