How do allies become enemies?
A look at the state of US-Turkish-Israeli relations in the wake of the flotilla raid.
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2010 17:04 GMT

How do allies become enemies? The tense situation between Israel and Turkey became even more complicated after Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid ship Mavi Marmara.

Because Turkey is a member of NATO the incident put new strains on the US-Israel relationship as well.

Last week, Turkish and Israeli officials met secretly in Europe to discuss the matter. 

The Turkish foreign minister reiterated demands that Israel apologise, pay compensation to the families of those killed aboard the Mavi Marmara and end the blockade of Gaza.


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The meeting was reportedly coordinated by the Obama administration in an effort to end the rift between Turkey and Israel.

Not long after, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, publicly rejected any idea of an apology or payment.

On Wednesday's Riz Khan show we look at the complex relations between the US, Israel and Turkey.

What impact will Turkey's tough stance have on prospects for Middle East peace?

Joining the programme are: Stephen Kinzer, the author of Reset: Iran, Turkey and America's Future; M.J. Rosenberg, a senior foreign policy fellow at Media Matters Action Network, and Nuh Yilmaz, the director of the Washington office of the Turkish think tank, SETA.

You can join the conversation. Call in with your questions and comments on Wednesday, July 7, at our live time of 1630GMT. Repeats will be aired at 2130GMT, and the next day at 0230GMT and 1130GMT.

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