On June 16, 2016, Turkish president Erdogan’s, a closet Zionist, hand-picked new prime minister Binali Yıldırım sent a reconciliatory message to the Zionist regime that despite Ankara government’s anti-Israel rhetoric, there is no enmity between the two countries.
“We are coming to a point with Israel. They are also showing will. There are contacts. It’s not concluded yet. I don’t think it will take long. The determinative thing here is eliminating the isolation of Gaza for humanitarian purposes,” he said in an interview.
Kemalist Turkey and Iran under King Reza Pahlavi were the first two Muslim-majority states that recognized European Jewish occupation of Palestine in 1949. Tehran cut its diplomatic relations with the Zionist regime after 1979 Islamic Revolution and began supporting Islamic resistance groups Hamas and Hizbullah.
Turkey-Israel rift began when on January 29, 2009, Erdogan insulted then Israeli president Shimon Peres, a war criminal, at World Economic Forum in Davos over Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. The ties at ambassador-level collapsed in 2010 over the killing by Israeli marines of 10 Turkish aid workers who tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. But trade, military, business, and academic ties between the two continued.
On March 20, 2015 Dore Gold, general director of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, visited Istanbul to retrieve the bodies of three Israeli tourists killed in a terrorist attack in Istanbul most probably carried out by Israel-linked PKK to punish Turk Islamists for their hatred toward the Zionist entity.
“Two of Turkey’s three main demands have been met. In March 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for the Mavi Marmara attack but offered no compensation. The proffered apology, however, seem to have gotten negotiations back on track. In the compensation package that the two sides eventually negotiated, the families of the persons killed in the raid will receive nominal payments. This should satisfy the ultra-nationalists and conservative Islamists in the Justice and Development Party (AKP) who strongly support the Palestinians and Hamas. In recent years, Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas, has visited Erdogan several times,” professor Robert Olson (University of Kentucky) said on June 13, 2016.
“The main reason for a rapprochement and the restoration of ambassadors between Turkey and Israel is the vastly changed situation in Syria. Ankara needs better relations with Israel now that Russia is likely to remain in Syria for some time, at least along the latter’s Mediterranean coastline. . The souring of relations between Ankara and Moscow goes beyond the mere shooting down of a Russian aircraft. It has to do with what entities will emerge in the wake of the military defeat of ISIS and other US-Israel proxy militant groups,” he added.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon extended the olive branch to Turkey by praising Turkey’s regional role and stated that the two countries have “a golden moment of opportunity for rapprochement and to put the relations back on the right track” Today’s Zaman reported on June 24, 2011.
On December 4, 2013, Israeli environment minister Amir Peretz offered an olive branch to Turkey during his visit to Istanbul, saying the people of both nations were expecting reconciliation from their governments very soon.
On April 10, 2016, Michael Friedson reported at Jewish Mideast Daily News that rapprochement between Israel and Turkey is almost complete except Ankara’s support for Hamas.
Israel’s new defense minister, Russian-born extremist Jew Avigdor Lieberman hates Hamas but had developed close friendship with Russian president Putin. Netanyahu hopes Lieberman could use his influence to convince both Rouhani and Assad to recognize Israel or stop supporting Hizbullah and Hamas.
Netanyahu visited Moscow on June 6 for the fourth since 2015. Sensing Washington’s influence in the Middle East on decline – Netanyahu has tilted towards Moscow which is fighting alongside Iran and Lebanese Hizbullah Islamic resistance to keep Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in power, Putin is the closest thing to a guarantor that Israel’s three most potent enemies will not attack it from the north.