Last updated on: 5/13/2020 | Author: ProCon.org

What Are the Official Positions of Turkey on Israel and the Palestinian Territories?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey at the time of the quote, in a statement to reporters on July 18, 2014 printed on the Hurriyet Daily News website in an article titled “Ankara Rebukes Israel as a Threat to International Peace” at the Hurriyet Daily News website, stated:

“Israel is a country threatening the world’s peace. It’s a country that threatens the Middle East peace. [Israel] has never pretended to be pro-peace. It has always tormented [the Palestinian people], and today it is continuing to do so… The government and I will never look positively [at Israel] as long as we are in power.”

July 18, 2014 - Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a July 22, 2014 response to a question regarding allegations that Turkey is in cooperation with Israel with respect to energy and defense, available at their website, stated:

“Turkey downgraded its diplomatic relations with Israel to the minimum level and suspended all military ties between the two countries following the attack carried out by Israel in the international waters against a humanitarian aid convoy by the non-governmental organizations to Gaza on 31 May 2010, in which ten Turkish civilians had lost their lives. No official agreement has been concluded in these fields, including defense industry, between Turkey and Israel during the said period.

There has either not been any cooperation between Turkey and Israel in the field of energy. H.E. Mr. Taner Yildiz, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources responded the claims in his statement related to the issue yesterday.”

July 22, 2014 -

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a Feb. 10, 2015, press release “Regarding Israel’s Illegal Settlement Activities,” available at their website, stated:

“Israel continues to undermine the ground for a just, lasting and comprehensive solution in the region by its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Israel’s latest plans to expand 4 illegal settlements in the West Bank, its decision to construct 64 new housing units in an illegal settlement in East Jerusalem, and its publishing of tenders for 580 housing units on a confiscated land in East Jerusalem, constitute new examples of its attitude in total disregard of the international law…

We condemn the activities of Israel that adversely affect the stability of the region and undermine the prospect for two state peace vision and expect immediate termination of its illegal actions that are null and void under the international law.”

Feb. 10, 1015 -

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs