Author(s): Ata Atun, Yurdagül Atun
Subject(s): Diplomatic history, Political history, Government/Political systems, International relations/trade, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Sage Yayınları
Keywords: Middle East; Turkey; Palestine; Solidarity; Disloyalty;

Summary/Abstract: Despite the fact that the Middle East has been exposed to war and invasion for many years due to its wealthy underground resources, namely the exploitation of oil and natural gas, and although continuous political games have been played over the last century in this region, it is still very important because of its geopolitical position. Today, from the pirates to the terrorists, from its leaders to diplomats, from scientists to politicians, the eyes of the imperialist (expansionist) rulers of many countries are still firmly set upon the Middle East. The Middle East does not deserve to experience this unrest and chaos. On 2 November 1917, British Empire Foreign Minister Arthur James Balfour sent a letter to Baron Walter Rothschild, one of the Zionist movement leaders of the time, to form one of the most important events in the history of Palestine. The letter in question reveals itself as an official statement confirming that the Jews, who led fragmented lives in various parts of Europe, could establish a state in Palestine. This letter, in the name of the Balfour Declaration, was the cornerstone of the establishment of the State of Israel on the Palestinian territories after World War II. It would be difficult to describe the relationship between Turkey and the Palestinian Administration as one built on mutual respect and affection during the last century. However, regardless of the right-wing, the left-wing, the faithful and the faithless, Turkey and the Turkish people have always responded to the plight of the Palestinian people with endless sympathy and strong emotional support. Unfortunately, the Palestinian Administration have demonstrated an imbalanced and uncaring attitude towards Turkey and Turks in this regard. This article has been prepared to investigate and examine this unbalanced affection and solidarity between the Turkish people and Palestinian administrations, who are religious brothers and have a historical unity of nearly four centuries.

  • Issue Year: 10/2018
  • Issue No: 40
  • Page Range: 11-21
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Turkish