How a gas pipeline to Europe is transforming the Turkish-Israeli relationship

Alexis Tsipras ©, Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Nicos Anastasiades (L) pose while they hold hands prior to a Greece-Israel-Cyprus summit on offshore oil and gas.

The relationship between Turkey and Israel has never been an easy one to understand. Since formal relations crystalised in 1949, with Turkey becoming one of the first majority Muslim countries to recognise Israel, both countries have found themselves at an arm’s length with the rest of the Middle East.