chapter  11
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How Has Turkey Viewed Israel?

Throughout the Cold War and since then, successive Turkish political and military leaders of the Kemalist (secular) establishment have viewed links to Israel in terms of Turkey's historic Western orientation in foreign policy or, in the case of the June 1997 'silent coup' against Islamist Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan and his Welfare (Refah) Party colleagues, in terms of domestic considerations such as public support for the Palestinian struggle.!