The Abu Dhabi-based The National published an article Wednesday by Vita Bekker, who ponders whether Israel will recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Bekker points out that the decision by Knesset member Reuven Rivlin, a member of the ruling Likud party to advance this effort “is a break with the years-long Israeli policy to take no stance.”
“Israel, like the US, has never acknowledged that the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks was genocide, saying that the historical dispute should be settled between Turkey and Armenia. Its long-held view, however, is widely attributed to its desire to maintain good relations with Turkey, which has vehemently denied that genocide had taken place,” says Bekker in the article.
“The Israeli stance has been supported for years by pro-Israel Jewish organizations in the US, which have pressured the US Congress and successive presidents to defeat congressional resolutions marking the killing of the Armenians. Turkey is a key ally that has supported the US in confrontations from Afghanistan to Iran,” adds Bekker.
Read Bekker’s piece in The National here.