By Jacob Abadi
This name represents a finished research of Israel's makes an attempt to construct diplomatic kin with nations at the Asian continent. the writer argues that, regardless of the endurance of the Arab Israeli clash, the Israeli overseas Ministry was once remarkably winning in gaining popularity in so much Asian international locations. He offers an summary of Israel's kinfolk with Asian international locations from 1948 until eventually the current, and analyses the political, social and financial components in each one kingdom and the position that every performed within the strategy of rapprochement with Israel. He explores the explanations for Israel's successes in addition to its disasters, and analyses the failings in Israeli international relations.
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Turkey’s attitude is more likely to be determined by external events reaching beyond the region. The demise of the Soviet Union, which left the United States as the only superpower in the area, provides a certain guarantee that relations with Israel would continue to be in Turkey’s best interest in the foreseeable future. Turkey’s participation in European organizations and its dependence on US financial support make it difficult for Ankara to sever its relations with Israel. Even the hike in the price of oil in the world market is unlikely to radically alter Turkey’s foreign policy orientation in favor of the Arab states.
What kept these contacts going was Turkey’s basic attitude that it had more in common with Israel than with the Arab states. This mentality was reinforced by Turkey’s cultural transformation, which began in the Ataturk era. It seems to have had a significant impact on Turkish foreign policy orientation. However, pragmatic considerations played an important role as well. Israel’s ability to provide technical assistance in many fields, including the military, was appreciated in Ankara. Turkey entered the Peripheral Agreement with Israel because it did not wish to confront a Middle East dominated by Nasser and the forces of Arab Turkey: low-profile diplomacy 21 nationalism.
The Turkish government was not ready, nor capable of complete departure from its pro-Israeli policy. Its alignment with the West discouraged it from being overly hostile to the Jewish state. Turkey’s main concern at that point was to prevent the Soviet Union from gaining greater influence in the Middle East by capitalizing on Arab discontent. The Turkish government voiced its concern that the Soviet Union was determined to increase its influence in the area at all costs, and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Fatin Zorlu’s argument that the Soviet bloc was ‘resorting to large-scale propaganda and infiltration aimed at the countries of the Middle East and Africa’38 reflected Turkish fears at that period and convinced Ankara to continue relying on the West.