Officially, the State of Israel does not recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Unofficially, everyone seems to believe it happened (which it did).
The reason Israel hasn't officially recognized such is because "they are good friends with Turkey". Actually, it's because Turkey holds it's friendship with Israel as ransom for them not to recognize it. Basically, Turkey blackmails Israel, by saying that with a recognition of it, they lose Turkey. Israel could probably survive without Turkey, but it wouldn't be as easy.
However, while Turkey can make that threat to Israel's parliamentary body, the Knesset, it cannot affect the Israelis' true opinions. There is an Armenian Studies department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and they teach it. Also, like I said, the Israelis recognize the genocide of the Armenians, so it's really in name only that Israel doesn't "recognize" it, since it is recognized.
I have to commend Armenia, who understands Israel's position, and has never threatened their friendship with Israel to force them to recognize it. They understand what Israel is dealing with, so they don't push it, or so it at least appears on the outside. Armenia has such a great understanding, unlike Turkey.
Given today's circumstances, I would not be surprised if the Armenian Genocide is going to be recognized by the State of Israel soon. Someone should push it through, and I would think that it would pass. And, hopefully, it'll just call Turkey out on a bluff.
Concern North Cyprus: As far as I am concerned, it's not a recognized country. I think that only Turkey represents it as such. In any case, I'm sure the majority of Israelis view North Cyprus as not a state, and certainly are more supportive of the Greek Cypriots. I know a lot of Israelis go to Cyprus for vacation, and a lot get married there, so it's more that understandable that they would like the Southern part better.
· 9 years ago