Walls of Israeli Embassy’s residence in Ankara

The Israeli Embassy’s residence is located on Ataturk Boulevard in Ankara The ankaya district, where the residence is located, was one of the most expensive and elegant parts of Ankara up until the 2000s. The district also hosted a presidential palace, the office of the prime minister and the foreign ministry building.

The walls of this Central European-style, two-floor building were in a garden, surrounded up until the late 1990s by short fences.

The Israeli Embassyand#39s residence is located on Atatanduumlrk Boulevard in Ankara The andCcedilankaya district, where the residence is located, was one of the most expensive and elegant parts of Ankara up until the 2000s.

The district also hosted a presidential palace, the office of the prime minister and the foreign ministry building. The walls of this Central European-style, two-floor building were in a garden, surrounded up until the late 1990s by short fences.

In 1991, bilateral relations were revived and diplomatic relations were elevated to the ambassadorial level. In 1996, bilateral agreements were signed regarding the military, commerce and tourism Until the Justice and Development Party (AK Party)ame to power, bilateral relations between Turkey and Israel had a military and security dimension.

Despite some issues over the Palestinian crisis, military relations were not affected by the political developments. The Turkish and Israeli military forces, as well as intelligence agencies of both countries, preserved their cooperation.

The strategic partnership between the two countries had the potential to change regional politics in the Middle East.

Sometimes children playing soccer outside the building accidentally kicked the ball into the residenceand#39s yard.

They were able to get their ball by crossing over the fence and there was a playful dog in the garden of the residence that loved to play with the kids. The dog was dying for the children to come so that he would be able to play with them

In the 2000s, the structure of the residence in the andCcedilankaya district started to change.

The children grew up and left the area and new children did not replace them Those who did not leave the neighborhood got older and poorer The rich people in the city now preferred new residential areas outside the city center Trade began to hold the most value to the people and the homes of those who left the neighborhood were converted into stores or businesses. The district was no longer attractive.

The fences surrounding the residence were replaced by tall walls that were further strengthened against any possible outside intrusion. The Israeli security officers started to check the residence and neighborhood all the time, and the Turkish police stationed a full-time unit there.

The Israeli Embassyand#39s residence went back to a state of silence. For security reasons, it was no longer used for residential purposes.

Gabby Levy, who was born in Turkey and appointed as the new envoy of Israel to Ankara in 2006, had to return to Israel in 2011 because of the Mavi Marmara incident that took place on May 31, 2010. The number of Israeli diplomats in Ankara was reduced to two.

Protests and demonstrations against Israel in front of the residence have become regular In November 2014, President Recep Tayyip ErdoIan moved the palace from andCcedilankaya to BeItepe, making the area even more silent. In December 2014, further security measures were taken at the residence.

Greater walls are being constructed in our hearts as the disagreement between two sister religions gets bigger Turkey and Israel have the most aanced democracy, cultural heritage, technology and economy in the region. Isolation is against the interests of both countries.

Both countries have the capacity to offer solutions to big problems. For this reason, the general elections in 2015 in both countries should be seen as a chance for lasting peace in the Middle East.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman