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Turkey and Israel: Is This Really a New Beginning?

When the two presidents met in Ankara last week, there were handshakes, flag-bearing horses, even a slick if revisionist film on Turkish-Jewish history. But how long will Erdogan’s U-turn towards Israel last, and how far can it go?

Louis Fishman
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Louis Fishman

After years of stalemate, Turkish-Israeli relations ratcheted up a huge notch when Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s plane landed in Ankara last week, the first official visit of an Israeli leader since 2008. From the moment the plane touched the tarmac, it was clear that the Turkish hosts intended to let bygones be bygones and turn the visit into a fascinating display of the full potential that closer relations augur for the two countries.

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