Regional Shifts Bring Israel and Cyprus Closer Together, for Now

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Prime Minister's office, Jerusalem, June 15, 2015 (AP photo by Abir Sultan).
Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting at the Prime Minister's office, Jerusalem, June 15, 2015 (AP photo by Abir Sultan).
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In eastern Mediterranean politics, it used to be Turkey and Israel versus Greece and Cyprus. Now it’s Israel, Cyprus and Greece versus Turkey. This formulation is certainly exaggerated, but Israel and Cyprus do appear to be strengthening their ties, as represented by President Nicos Anastasiades’ visit to Jerusalem last month. The shift is reflective of changed regional conditions in both the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East at large, as well as within the countries themselves, particularly Turkey. In the mid-1990s, Turkey and Israel drew closer because of shared regional threats and challenges from Iraq, Syria and Iran, with a particular […]

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