Expert: Israel Not to Accept Turkey’s Mediation in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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May 25, 2011

Rim Allaf, a Middle East expert, said, “Despite Ankara’s credibility in the region and its ability to mediate in regional conflicts, Tel Aviv will not accept Turkey’s mediation in the settlement of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, as the ruling party of Turkey conducts pro-Islamic policies.”

Other experts suggest that it is Turkey’s pro-Islamic policies that prevent Israel from agreeing to Turkey’s mediation in the matter since Hamas is an Islamic organization. That being said, Turkish President Abdullah Gul “acknowledges reasonable the argument that it is impossible for Israel to negotiate with a political organization not recognizing the country and achieve ‘a more rational policy’ from the leadership of Hamas, i.e. recognition of Israel.”

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