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After the Turkish Parliamentary Elections: Big Hopes, with Remaining Worries 14 juin 2015

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INSS Insight (Institute for National Security Studies) No. 709, June 14, 2015

Gallia Lindenstrauss & Ceyhun Çiçekçi *

Many in Turkey and abroad were surprised (and some also quite pleased) to see the setback suffered by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey’s June 7, 2015 parliamentary elections. Relative to other electoral campaigns in Turkey, Israel as an issue did not feature much. This should not be interpreted as a relaxation of tensions between the countries; rather, the added value of emphasizing this issue was seen at this time as limited. While the possibility of the return of the ambassadors to Ankara and Tel Aviv at some point in the reign of the new government in Turkey cannot be overruled, no one should expect a genuine improvement in the relations between Turkey and Israel in the foreseeable future. Whereas the tensions in relations were exacerbated by the long dominance of the AKP and Erdoğan’s rhetoric, there are also some root problems, foremost the impact of negative developments between Israel and the Palestinians on Turkish-Israeli bilateral relations.

* Dr. Gallia Lindenstrauss is a research fellow at INSS. Ceyhun Çiçekçi is a research assistant and a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of International Relations, Canakkale 18 Mart University.

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