Turkey-Israel relations date to March 28, 1949, when Turkey became the first country with a Muslim majority to formally recognize the State of Israel.  Since then, Israel has been a major supplier of arms to Turkey. Military, strategic, and diplomatic cooperation between Turkey and Israel is accorded high priority by the governments of both countries, which share concerns with respect to the regional instabilities in the Middle East
Despite the cool relations since the accession of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey, the Israeli Foreign Ministry characterized its relations with Turkey as "perfect" in the beginning of 2006. However, in February 2006, a visit paid by Khaled Meshal, a leader of the newly elected Hamas, changed this status. Israeli diplomats went so far as to compare this visit to a possible official visit of Abdullah Öcalan (the imprisoned PKK leader) to Israel, but Turkish authorities immediately denounced this comparison as "irresponsible and erroneous". After Khaled Meshal paid an official visit to Turkey, Turkish-Israeli relations entered a "cooling down" process. Some have suggested that this was only a public relations stunt to show the Islamic world that Turkey was on their side because Turkey had been silent in major issues important to Arabs and the Islamic community like the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Lebanon crisis. Israel has even advocated that Turkey make up a majority of peace keepers in Lebanon because it has said that it does not trust troops from other Islamic countries like Bangladesh and Malaysia.
Turkey deploys the Israeli-improved Sabra main-battle tank.
Talks regarding the sale of Israeli Ofeq satellites and Arrow missile air-defence systems to Turkey have taken place, pending United States approval. The systems would be a generational leap for the Turkish military and intelligence capabilities
The Israeli and Turkish navies have conducted joint exercises. There is a plan to build a massive pipeline from Turkey to supply water, electricity, gas and oil to Israel. In 2000, Israel and Turkey signed a free-trade agreement.
Israel maintains two diplomatic missions in Turkey: Its embassy is located in the Turkish capital, Ankara, and its Consulate General is located in Turkey's biggest city, Istanbul.
The Israeli ambassador to Turkey is Pinhas Avivi.
The Embassy compound is located in Mahatma Gandhi Street, 85 G.O.P, Ankara. Tel: +90-312-4463605, Fax: +90-312-4468071, E-mail: email@example.com. The consular reception hours are from Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm, and it has jurisdiction for Israeli consular affairs for all the Turkish territory.
The Israeli Consul General to Istanbul is Mordehai Amihai.
The Consulate compound is located in Yapi Kredi Plaza, C Blok K. 7 Levent, Istanbul. Tel: +90 212 317 65 00, Fax: +90 212 317 65 55. The consular reception hours are from Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm, and it has jurisdiction for Israeli consular affairs for the Marmara, Aegean, Eastern Thrace and western part of the Black Sea regions of Turkey.
On a three-day visit to Ankara in November 2007, Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Turkish President Abdullah Gül, and addressed the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the first time an Israeli President has addressed a Muslim country's parliament. Peres and Gul differed on what action was to be taken regarding Iran's nuclear program, Peres publicly saying that he didn't believe energy-rich Iran was interested in nuclear power. Gul said that he would work to free the abducted Israeli soldiers Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser, and Eldad Regev.
* The frase ,no honor among theives, should be changed to no honor among arabs.
How can anyone acknowledge a country(turki) that are close ally to Israel, and same time condeme everything Israel is doing.
You have to choose side and can not be on both at same time.
This is not pointed at arabs, their goverments are all corrupted even them self know that.
Yet, this is specific for turks on this site like m4ssive, Bushwack,orphant or what ever, Boosting about how great their country and millitary power are in all the mouslim world.They tell us with no end in sight how great their country are and all acheivements they done,excepte armenian genocide.
In the sametime we hear you shoute out free palestine this and that, israle is so bad, its horrific,free palestine again and so on.
You all are pile of bullshit,on the street we would say you are fake,thats what whole Turkey is a litel whore.end.
I demand a answer from you silly turkes or stfu about palestine and Israel.
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