Political Elites’ Re(framing) of Turkey’s Palestine Policy after Turkey- Israel Rapprochement

Mustafa Cüneyt Özşahin

Abstract


Following the Mavi Marmara flotilla crisis, causing 10 Turkish civilians lost their lives, Turkey and Israel came to a point where diplomatic ties between two states almost broke off.  Turkey reduces its diplomatic mission into the level of second secretary in response to Israel’s offensiveness. Turkey-Israel peace has had a shocking effect on multiple circles in Turkey. Despite the objections stemming from certain NGO’s and some opinion leaders, peace accord came into effect in June 2016.  This study aims to address how Justice and Development Party (JDP)’s political elites and President Tayyip Erdoğan frame a sensitive foreign policy issues to prevent public indignation, which might end up with loss of political capital in domestic stage and with loss of prestige in Muslim world. Drawing from critical discourse analysis, this study argues the political discourse over Israel-Palestine of 2016 deal built on a narrative indicating that the so-called deal is in the best interest of Palestinian people. In so doing, Turkish decision makers eschew negative internal and international consequences.


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