Expert: Israeli Knesset not to recognize 'Armenian genocide'

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 18 / Trend U.Sadikhova /

Despite that the deterioration of relations between Israel and Turkey will continue in future, the Israeli leadership and the parliament will not support the adoption of a resolution on the "Armenian genocide", said Sinan Ogan, the president of the Turkish Center for International Relations and Strategic Analysis (TURKSAM).   

"Deepening of the split in the relationship of Turkey and Israel is disadvantageous to both countries, so the Knesset of Israel will unlikely recognize the "genocide" in the near future, Ogan told Trend.

According to him, even if Israel wants to spite Turkey, it will not act directly, but through secondary channels, such as the Jewish lobby in the U.S.  
"Israel would not act openly against Turkey, because it is not in its interest, but it would support and possibly even encourage to ensure that the U.S. Congress recognizes "genocide", said the Turkish analyst.

Pro-Israeli members of the US Congress from the Democratic and Republican parties have warned Turkey that they can support the resolution on "Armenian genocide", which had already been approved in March at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, the website of the Turkish CNN Turk TV channel reported.

Relations between Turkey and Israel - the two strategic and military partners- worsened after Israeli naval attacks on the "Flotilla of Freedom" carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza May 31. Nine Turks became the victims of the confrontation of the Israeli soldiers and international human rights activists in the Turkish ship 'Mavi Marmara'.

According to the Turkish analyst, despite that the situation does not satisfy either Turkey or Israel, however, it is not worthy to expect improvement or restoration of previous level of relations between the countries as long as Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Benjamin Netanyahu are in power.

The question on the" genocide "was discussed by the Left parties faction represented in the Knesset in late April. The meeting made decision to consider it at the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Armenia claims that the Ottoman Empire committed "genocide" against Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Making greater efforts to promote the issue internationally, Armenians have achieved its recognition by parliaments in some countries.

Ogan believes that Ankara might face problems in future in how to stop the recognition of "genocide" in Congress, since the support for Iran and the events in Gaza have led to the unification of the Jewish, Armenian and Greek lobbies.

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