Secret Mtgs Btw Israel & Turkey
By Micah Halpern
Tuesday December 1, 2020
I've Been Thinking:
Al Monitor, an Arab news outlet headquartered in London, reported that Turkey and Israel are secretly meeting in the hope of re-establishing diplomatic relations and returning their ambassadors. The ambassadors were recalled in 2018, after the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem.
There is, of course, another motivation.
Under President Donald J. Trump, the United States was not interested in Turkey’s human rights violations and the problems that they were causing - which included teaming up with Russia and Iran in support of Syria.
Turkey has been a public attack dog against Israel.
But now Turkey expects that the Biden administration will not be as sympathetic to them and will not turn a blind eye to these issues.
Turkey believes that, if they warm up to Israel, they will curry favor with the new US administration and with the Biden inner circle.
Al Monitor reported that three meeting took place between Israel and Turkey. In at least one of those meeting, the heads of Turkish and Israeli intelligence were present.
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