The Turkish-Israeli Rapprochement and the Role of NATO

On May 4th, 2016, the news on the NATO’s official website read that, along with Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Jordan, the North Atlantic Council ‘has agreed to accept the request that an official Israeli Mission be established at NATO headquarters.’ […] The short statement may look insignificant to some, as it is a routine step for partners to have representation within NATO, but in reality it is the tip of an iceberg of often emotional and sensitive developments involving the Eastern Mediterranean affairs. […] After five years of objections, Turkey finally agreed to lift its veto on Israeli representation in NATO. With a moderately optimistic look, this could be the beginning of a new set of relationships and new balance of power in that region. For NATO, it will make business in the area easier, forging cooperation to increase the potential of the Alliance to have better access to partner’s means and understanding of the region. […]

Hasan Aygun

Chief Political Advisor to the Commander, NATO Allied Joint Force Command Naples (Italy)

Read and download the Report No. 6 (2016) clicking here


  • Introduction (p.5)
  • Israeli perspective (p.7)
  • Turkish perspective (p.8)
  • History of the Turkish-Jewish relations (p.8)
  • Elements that brought the two countries back to negotiating table (p.14)
  • Consequences for third parties. (p.18)
  • Russia (p.18)
  • Cyprus (p.20)
  • Egypt (p.20)
  • Iran (p.21)
  • NATO and the repercussions (p.22)
  • Conclusions (p.24)
  • References (p.26)
  • About the Author (p.29)



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