These are the proceedings of a conference held in April 2007 in the framework of the Center’s Suleyman Demirel Program for Contemporary Turkish Studies. Bringing together a select group of Turkish and Israeli scholars, the conference dealt with four main themes: Nationalism, Secularism, Religion and State; the Media Revolution; Turkey, Israel and the Middle East; and finally, Israel, Turkey and the West. Invariably, the presentations in the different fields pointed to a wide range of common denominators between the two countries. Turkey and Israel, the successors to a long tradition of intimate relations between the Jews and the Ottoman Empire, also share a historical and complex relationship with Europe. Today, these two key non-Arab powers of the Middle East share a web of common interests and some differences too.
The Moshe Dayan Center