Israeli PM calls for revival of ties with Turkey
“We both have a border with Syria, and I am sure we both want to see a stable and peaceful Syria,” Netanyahu said of Ankara in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Friday.
Netanyahu’s attempt at reconciliation with Turkey comes more than two years after an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in which nine Turkish activists were killed, prompting the Turkish government to cut all diplomatic relations with its former ally.
“There are other common interests that come to mind. I think it is in our common interest to find a way to be able to stop, to arrest, the slide in our relationship and resume a fruitful dialogue,” the Israeli premier added.
Turkey has demanded an official apology from the Israeli regime for the deadly attack on the flotilla as well as compensation to the families of the victims as preconditions for the normalization of the mutual relations, demands that Tel Aviv has so far refused to fulfill.
However, as dramatic changes continue to sweep the Arab world and people in the Middle East region can express their anti-Israeli and anti-American sentiments freely in the absence of autocratic regimes closely aligned with Washington and Tel Aviv, Netanyahu is clutching at straws to avert further isolation of his regime in a region that is being homogenized more than ever.
Even the Israeli public has come to this understanding that rekindling the friendship with Turkey can salvage their standing in the region.
A recent poll conducted by The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies indicates that 54 percent of Israelis would back the idea of fixing ties with Turkey as well as an apology from Tel Aviv for the killing of the nine Turkish activists in the 2010 attack.
This comes as the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Western powers-allies of the Israeli regime-have joined hands to bring about the downfall of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by providing the insurgents in the Arab country with weapons and communications equipment to escalate the crisis in Syria and block any chances of dialogue between the Syrian government and opposition groups.
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