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Turkey wants Israel to use its clout to push Cyprus into allowing a pipeline to pass through its waters so the region's natural gas can be exported to Europe.Israel and Turkey patched up ties recently after years of diplomatic estrangement and are eager to advance an energy deal that would help transform Israel into a gas exporter and bolster Turkey as a key gas portal for Europe. One key obstacle has been Turkey's conflict with Cyprus, which has been divided since 1974, with northern Cyprus being a self-declared state supported by Ankara. Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkey invaded the north to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority against a coup to unite the island with Greece.
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