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Israel-Turkey: A hopeful alliance in a divided Middle East

The Middle East is the land of the Abrahamic religions and has been home to many fine people down the ages. It has strong sacred values; but many unpleasing traditions and weaknesses have also arisen in the region. A Middle East divided within itself is the result of these weaknesses. If there is one lesson that the Middle East needs to learn from history, it is that problems cannot be solved through war, fighting and disagreements.

True democracies are established institutions that have grasped this fact. Established democracies have long experienced the costs of impulsive actions and how anger can lead to war. The leaders of democratic countries therefore try to find a middle way and keep a cool head even in the most extraordinary situations.

The time has now come for the Middle East to correct this defect. Democratic values can allow this to flourish in the Middle East in the way it does in the West. However, the real way for the Middle East to solve this is by building love.

That is why reports of a rapprochement between Israel and Turkey are grounds for rejoicing in this turbulent period. Relations between the two countries that had for long been allies in the Middle East became tense in 2009 and were severed completely in 2010 with the Mavi Marmara incident. However, it was their peoples that really suffered. The Israeli people were disappointed at the loss of one of their rare allies in the Middle East, while Turkey gradually began losing its own Jewish citizens. Harsh political language led to irreparable offense being taken, while the love that the Middle East needs most of all was replaced by tensions and anger.

Unending Climate of Conflict

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