Another look at the Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal

Anne's Opinions

A billboard in Turkey advertises the Israel-Turkey agreement

Despite my deep misgivings, not to mention moral objections, to the reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, it is important to take note of other views, particularly those which don’t see the deal as a disaster but rather as an important diplomatic gain for Israel.

I’ll start with Evelyn Gordon, whose views I deeply respect and who is certainly never given to delusional flights of fancy like the left-wing are wont to take. Her article speaks about “Turkey and the value of saying No“:

The Israel-Turkey reconciliation agreement announced this week is an object lesson in the importance of being willing to walk away from negotiations. For six years, the Israeli chattering classes and the international community urged Israel to simply accept Turkey’s terms, arguing that Ankara wasn’t going to soften its demands and that Israel desperately needed good…

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