Global Political Trends Center (GPoT) and MITVIM- The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies organized their 7th Policy Dialogue; Towards Israel-Turkey Agreement on 23 June 2016 in Istanbul in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Turkey.
The Dialogue meeting highlighted key issues in the various sessions. Notable among them are the ‘Domestic Developments in Israel and Turkey and Their Foreign Policy Implications. Significant questions under this session included how the coalition changes in Israel and government changes in Turkey will affect the reconciliation process. Also the expectations of both Israel and Turkey from the Agreement were discussed alongside issues remaining to be approached as long as the relationship between the two countries are concerned.
An equally significant session, ‘The Aftermath of Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Process’ also touched on the possible implications of an Israel-Turkey deal with regards to regional dynamics. How the Israel-Turkey agreement can assist the Middle-East peace process, Fatah-Hamas reconciliation and the future of Gaza was also thoroughly discussed.
The high level policy dialogue meeting was well attended. Dignitaries included Mesut Ozcan, Assoc. Prof. and Director of Diplomacy Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey, Ksenia Svetlova, Member of the Israeli Knesset, Zionist Union, Dr. Nimrod Goren, Head of the Mitvim Institute, Gabriel Micthell and Khader Saweed, also of MITVIM, and Daniela Kuzu of the Friedrich Erbert Stifung Foundation in Turkey. Other participants included GPoT Center’s Prof. Mensur Akgun, Dr. Sylvia Tiryaki and Muhammed Ammash, Oğuz Çelikkol, the former Turkish Ambassador to Israel and a lecturer at Istanbul Kultur University was also present alongside Selin Nasi from Hürriyet Daily News.
The Meeting also attracted a large cross section of media representatives and journalists alongside experts of the two countries.