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Israel-Turkey-Kurdish Oil Deal Points to Possible Alliance

Reports that Israel is buying Kurdish oil shipped through Turkey raise some interesting possibilities for a lasting alliance in a chronically unstable region.

Published on: June 24, 2014
Ofra Bengio is senior research associate at the Moshe Dayan Center. She is author of The Kurds of Iraq: Building a State within a State and editor of The Kurds: Nation-building in a Fragmented Homeland.
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  • Andrew Allison

    Good analysis which would have benefitted from discussion of the path from Israel’s Leviathan field to Turkey. By cooperating with the Kurds and Israel, Turkey gains access to two sources.

  • wigwag

    This potential alliance could be the proverbial win-win-win. It’s time for the Israelis, the Turks and the Kurds to realize that reconciliation with Arabs is impossible; Arabs are for the most part, simply hopeless. To see what I mean, read this extraordinary essay by Richard Landes,

    • Curious Mayhem

      This administration will eventually acquiesce in the arrangement, one of the few good results of the current mess, as a fait accompli, once it gives up on Obama’s Mini-Me Maliki. Brute facts are sometimes beautiful things.

      It remains to be seen if and how long it will take for the Erdogan government in Turkey to drift back into the reality zone. There are good recent signs, but you never know. Erdogan’s authoritarian tendencies and conspiracy theories don’t leave a good impression, and neither do the AKP’s vacuous but still dangerous pan-Islamic fantasies.

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