Israel treads carefully as Turkey teeters

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2016

The failed coup in Turkey against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday night caught the Israeli leadership by surprise. For hours, while the drama unfolded in Ankara and Istanbul, Jerusalem remained silent, awaiting developments.

All Israeli officials and diplomats were issued clear instructions not to make any comments.


Attempted coup in Turkey will not affect deal with Israel, says Netanyahu

By JC Reporter, July 16, 2016

The reconciliation process between Israel and Turkey will continue despite the move to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.


Turkey to pay for Gaza building projects

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

The Turkish government will be allowed to sponsor major infrastructure projects in Gaza as part of its new agreement with Israel.

While senior officials in Jerusalem hope that this will help prolong the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, they are also concerned that the projects could become flashpoints between the two countries in the future.


Rebooted Israel-Turkey ties down to diminished Erdogan

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

The restoration of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey this week begs the question: how did two nations, which not that long ago were strategic allies and had all the makings of natural partners, ever reach this point?

The prevailing view in the Israeli diplomatic and security establishments is that there is one main figure to blame - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Israel, Turkey on verge of strategic deal

June 23, 2016

Turkish diplomats said this week that a deal on the restoration of diplomatic relations with Israel will most likely be signed on July 2.

A meeting between the two countries' senior representatives is to take place on Sunday, where the final details of the agreement are to be worked out.


'Erdogan has fallen for classic hate theory'

May 26, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly has a long-standing disagreement with his deputy prime minister over the existence of a shadowy financial group that is said to be conspiring to bring down the country.


Oy gevalt! Yiddish comes from Turkey, say academics

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2016

Yiddish began as a secret language invented by Iranian Jewish traders who travelled the Silk Road, a group of researchers has claimed.

According to their analysis of the genetic ancestry of Yiddish-speakers, Ashkenazi Jewry originated in a group of north-eastern Turkish villages rather than in Germany as often thought.


Israelis visiting Turkey warned to leave as soon as possible as terror threat rises

By JC Reporter, April 10, 2016

Israel has urged its citizens in Turkey to leave as soon as they can.

The Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau advised visitors to Turkey to “avoid crowded tourist areas, follow instructions of local authorities and get out as soon as possible”.

According to Israeli media, the warning followed a “sharpening of the high level of threat in Turkey”.


'Daesh planning attack on Jewish children in Turkey'

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Daesh terrorists are believed to be targeting Jewish children in Turkey, with an attack expected in the next few days.

According to Sky News, Turkish authorities have obtained intelligence that an incident is “imminent”, with the most likely target a school and community centre at a synagogue in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul.


Turks sympathise but détente long way off

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 23, 2016

Last Thursday evening, 36 hours before the suicide attack in Istanbul, the IDF deputy chief of staff, Major-General Yair Golan, made an unguarded and unplanned remark on the Israeli-Turkish relationship during a conference in Bar Ilan University.