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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program

Raphael Israeli Lecture I

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 3:30pm

"The Odd Couple: Turkey and Israel"

Raphael Israeli
Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace,
Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Turkish-Israeli relations have become more relevant than ever during and in the aftermath of the recent Gaza crisis. Israel’s relationship with Turkey was forged in the 1980s, during the reign of a secular government whose priorities were primarily strategic. This equilibrium changed when an Islamic government came into power in Turkey in 2002. From that point, the Turkish government’s disposition towards Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas began to soften. This turn of events has set the two countries on a collision course, which is likely to continue unless and until civil and strategic considerations once again have the upper hand.


Place: Close/Hipp Building (BA) 855

[Sponsored by Jewish Studies and Walker Institute of International and Area Studies]

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