Hide and seek? Israeli-Turkish relations and the Baghdad pact

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Almog O., Sever A.

MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES, vol.53, no.4, pp.609-623, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 53 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00263206.2016.1277421
  • Title of Journal : MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.609-623


The aim of this article is to address the impact of the Baghdad Pact and the Anglo-American defense system and its collapse on the Turkish-Israeli relationship from 1954 to 1958, a discussion that is absent from scholarly studies. The article will highlight the different approaches and views of the two parties and their impact on the cold war alliances and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Examining this from the perspectives of both Ankara and Jerusalem will contribute to a comprehensive study of the bilateral relations during the 1950s. Some of the main questions to be addressed are: to what extent, if at all, did the Baghdad Pact change bilateral relations between Turkey and Israel? What were Israel's main concerns? Were its suspicions of Turkey's changing policy founded? How much was Turkey influenced by Iraq's membership of the Pact and its hostile attitude toward Israel? Was Turkey's attempt to maintain reasonable relations with both Israel and Iraq a realistic aim? All these will be assessed against regional upheavals and the cold war politics with current implications.