, Kocaeli Üniversitesi, Turkey, On April 23, 2010
The recent tension between Turkey and Israel cannot be explained by just paying attention to the post-Gaza War debates. Ankara’s denunciation of Israeli state violence for the resolution of its conflicts has been a common feature of bilateral relations and thus it should be seen natural for Turkey to be critical of the Operation Cast Lead. Turkey ’s new foreign policy vision that has been in effect since the early 2000s and the political developments in the Middle East in the last decade expose the structural causes of the tension. Bilateral relations are entering into a new period with greater influence of Turkey in regional affairs. In this new period, it is estimated that the relations between Ankara and Tel-Aviv will continue to exist at a lower level.