Turkey's mediation efforts fail after Israel bombs over Gaza

The role of Turkey, as the mediator between Syria and Israel in 2008, has failed after Israel began to bomb Gaza, killing nearly 400 Palestinians and wounded more than 1500 Gazans in six days of air strikes.

Turkey's mediation efforts fail after Israel bombs over Gaza
World Bulletin / News Desk

The role of Turkey, as the mediator between Syria and Israel in 2008, has failed after Israel began to bomb Gaza, killing nearly 400 Palestinians and wounded more than 1500 Gazans in six days of air strikes.

Turkey-mediated process started in Istanbul in May.

Syria, Israel said that "they agreed to continue the dialogue to reach a comprehensive peace deal within the framework of Madrid Conference".

The Damascus government and Israel asked Turkey to act as a facilitator for indirect talks and the Turkish government responded positively to take part in the process.

Turkish diplomats began shuttle diplomacy between the Israeli and Syrian delegations and the content of these talks were kept secret. Turkey-mediated talks were held once more in June and twice in July.

Parties had agreed to hold one more round in September, however, they failed to hold this round due to Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's corruption scandal at home.

But Turkey, Syria said suspended Israel talks after Israeli crimes in Gaza.
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