Passing Israeli gas through Turkey unlikely to lead to improved relations, expert says

An Israeli expert on Turkey told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday that the belief that passing Israeli gas through Turkey will lead Ankara to decide to improve relations with Jerusalem “is not grounded in facts.”

Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, responding to a report in a Turkish paper saying the country is the best route for Israeli gas to Europe, said “Turkish-Israeli trade is currently blooming despite Turkish hostility toward the Jewish state.”

The article by Ebru Sengul appeared in the Daily Sabah pro-government newspaper, stating that Israel sees other alternatives such as going through Cyprus as too costly and hence, going through Turkey “would be advantageous.”


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