Turkey-Israel Relations: Reset, Rhetoric or Rivalry?

A decade after Turkey broke off diplomatic relations with Israel following the Mavi Marmara flotilla incident, Ankara began signaling in recent weeks a desire to reset relations with Israel. Yet, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan remains publicly critical of Israel and of the Arab states that recently normalized relations with it.

Are Turkey’s overtures sincere? Can Turkey-Israel relations be revived? And what would the implications be for the region, including in the Eastern Mediterranean, Syria, and Iran? Join JINSA and American, Israeli, and Turkish experts to discuss these questions and the future of Turkey-Israel relations.

Monday, January 11 – 1:00pm EST


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Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss

Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies and specializes in Turkish foreign policy. Her additional research interests are ethnic conflicts, Azerbaijan’s foreign policy, the Cyprus issue, and the Kurds.

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Dr. Selin Nasi

Selin Nasi is an op-ed contributor to Karar Newspaper. She is also one of the regular foreign policy commentators to Femfikir — an all female TV debate — broadcasted weekly on Medyascope TV, an independent media outlet. Formerly, she worked as a columnist at Hürriyet Daily News (2015-2018) and Şalom (2013-2018), the weekly newspaper of Turkey’s Jewish community.

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Alan Makovsky

Alan Makovsky is a member of JINSA’s Gemunder Center Eastern Mediterranean Policy Project. His decades of experience on Turkish issues include covering Southern European and Middle Eastern affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and serving as the top Middle East advisor to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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