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Turkey and Israel – a high altitude crisis

Tense relations between Turkey and Israel have taken to the skies. While Turkish airlines continue to operate some 100 flights a week to Israel, Israeli flights to Turkey have been suspended because the Turkish authorities have refused to allow Israel security personnel to perform the security checks on passengers boarding flights to Israel. In this […]

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Turkey, NATO the USA and Israel

Turkey has set a defiant stance to prove its total independence from any obligations to NATO as a whole, and the USA in particular.Turkey is a very important member of NATO. However, since Islamists have set the tone in Ankara, things have taken a weird turn. First, the Turkish government announced it would not share […]

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No honeymoon after Israel and Turkey restore ties

There is not going to be any sort of honeymoon. Mutual interests, pressure from President Barack Obama and other “background” factors broke the ice, but the water is very cold. The restoration of full diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel will not immediately lead to a renewal of negotiations about new contracts with the Israeli […]

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Turkish – Israeli defence relations start to warm up

In international politics, sometimes conflicting interests all of a sudden become unified. The Israeli defence and aerospace industries are closely following efforts to unfreeze Turkish – Israeli relations.A few days ago, Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu officially confirmed that Turkey has resumed contact with Israel, despite Ankara’s decision to freeze diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv.Davutoglu […]

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Elbit sues government over cancelled contract

When two countries with very close defence relations find themselves at odds, strange things can happen. The damage to relations between Turkey and Israel was a direct result of Israel’s decision to stop any attempt to break the blockade of Gaza. In 2010 Israeli navy commandoes boarded a ship sailing from Turkey and used firearms […]

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Delicate issues of Israel’s defence exports

It is the most sensitive seismograph in the world. Any quiver in one part of this “world” affects the other, although not always in a parallel magnitude. Israel is one of the major exporters of advanced defence systems. This and the geopolitical situation in the Middle East has resulted in a highly sensitive situation. From […]

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Middle East skies – the tension is in the air

The skies in the Middle East are changing, in parallel with the dramatic developments in some countries in the region. Changes in Egypt, Syria and Libya, and the fragile stability in Lebanon, have completely changed the situation in the airspaces that neighbour Israel. This has been amplified by the high tension between Israel and Turkey, […]

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Is it dawn of new era for Turkish and Israeli defence ties?

Israel is making a cautious effort to restore its defence ties with Turkey. This effort, if successful, may revive proposed plans to sell additional Israeli-made defence systems to the Turkish defence forces.Turkey froze all negotiations over buying Israeli-made defence systems after Israel’s navy stopped the “Peace flotilla” that headed for the Gaza strip last year.The […]

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More Turkish delight for Israeli defence industry?

It’s an unwritten rule: when you hear a rumour, try to look at the face of the man that whispered it. This may give you a hint about the part of the rumour that is true, if any at all. When I heard this rumour for the first time, I felt that it was substantially […]

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