The Impact of Islamist Ideology on Turkish Foreign Policy and Its Casualty... Turkish-Israeli Relations

Uzer U.

ISRAEL STUDIES REVIEW, vol.37, no.1, pp.31-57, 2022 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.3167/isr.2022.370103
  • Title of Journal : ISRAEL STUDIES REVIEW
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-57
  • Keywords: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli-Turkish relations, identity, Justice and Development Party, Likud, Recep Tayyip Erdogan


Ideational change in the self-characterization of a state is bound to have repercussions on its domestic and foreign policy behavior. Consequently, the gradual but radical change that has been ongoing in Turkey in the past two decades has had a wide-ranging impact on the way Turkish foreign policy has been conducted. Whereas survival and protection of territorial integrity as well as a Western orientation were traditionally the main concerns of Turkish policy-makers, under the rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) (since 2002), there has been a partial Islamization of Turkish foreign policy especially with regard to liaisons with Israel and Palestine. This shift can be explained by the replacement of the Western Turkish state identity with an Islamic conservative outlook.