Briefing on Jerusalem and the Turkey – Israel relationship


07 December 2017

Turkey is threatening to cut ties with Israel if the US recognises Jerusalem as the country’s capital

  • Having historically worked closely together, relations between Israel and Turkey have been damaged by a series of politically charged rows
  • Despite this, both countries have continued to develop close economic ties regardless of the animosity between their respective governments
  • The careful compartmentalisation of their relationship looks likely to continue, but this is becoming a harder balance for the Turkish government strike

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan has again threatened to cut off diplomatic ties with Israel, stating that any move to further establish the disputed city of Jerusalem as the country’s capital would be a “red line for Muslims”…

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