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Research Notes 16

The Unexpected Vitality of Turkish-Israeli Trade

Soner Cagaptay and Tyler Evans

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June 2012


Given that political tensions continue to run high between Turkey and Israel, it would be inaccurate to describe their relations as good, or even on the mend. At the same time, booming trade ties and other economic indicators suggest that the two countries have great potential for a fresh start. In this Research Note, Soner Cagaptay and Tyler Evans describe how Ankara and Israel can use a foundation of robust trade links to rebuild trust on other fronts, even if their political differences persist.