Amid a downturn in Turkish-Israeli relations, political support in Israel for a parliamentary vote on the recognition of Ottoman Turkey’s 1915 slaughter of ethnic Armenians as genocide appears to be growing.
The Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee voted to put the question of genocide recognition up for debate a month before Israel’s May 31 raid on a Gaza aid flotilla that left nine people dead. The fallout from the flotilla tragedy caused a spike in Turkish-Israeli tension. The parliamentary discussion on recognition – originally expected by the end of June, according to Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper -- has not yet been scheduled. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].
A left-wing opposition party, Meretz-New Movement, which holds three seats in the Knesset, proposed the recognition measure. A 2008 attempt by Meretz to bring the issue to the floor died in committee due to opposition from the governing coalition.
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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow in Yerevan.