Turkey

Erdogan, a wannabe sultan

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Turkish Airlines announced last week that it was cancelling two of its seven daily flights to Ben Gurion Airport.

Despite the fact that commercial ties between the two countries remain strong and Istanbul is an attractive and competitive hub for Israelis, President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan's relentless anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric has taken its toll.

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Turkey's next leader? Same man, same double standards

By Michael Daventry, August 10, 2014

This year will be an excellent one for Turkey's ties with Israel. The two countries are projected to trade a record $6bn (£3.6bn) in goods and services. A quarter of a million Israelis will visit Turkey, the highest number in five years. And this month, 13 daily Istanbul-Tel Aviv flights will facilitate this burgeoning traffic of business and tourism.

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Understanding the Turks

By Andrew Rosemarine, August 7, 2014

Turkey and its prime minister Recep Erdogan are enormously important for the future of the Middle East, and yet are underestimated and misunderstood by Jewry and Israel.

In 2008, Israel's consul in Istanbul told me that Turkey was Israel's "best friend in the Middle East" and that Israel would like their relationship to be a model for that with other Muslim countries.

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Turkey may renew ties with Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 27, 2014

Embassies in Turkey and Israel are set to reopen for the first time since official diplomatic ties were severed between the two countries.

According to Turkish media reports, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan may also be planning to visit the country.

Turkey’s Zaman newspaper reported that a possible visit has been discussed by Israeli and Turkish intelligence chiefs.

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Israel, Turkey inch closer

By JC Reporter, February 6, 2014

A delegation of Turkish officials visited Israel this week in what is being seen in both countries as the final stage before the former allies bury the hatchet and sign a compensation agreement on the killing of nine Turkish civilians on the Marmara ferry in 2010.

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Gaza flotilla charity raided by Turkish anti-terror police

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2014

The offices of the Islamic charity that played a key role in the 2010 flotilla to Gaza have been raided by anti-terror police in Turkey.

One person was arrested at offices belonging to the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) near the Syrian border on Tuesday, according to a report in the Financial Times.

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So much for Israel-Turkey détente

By Nathan Jeffay, December 23, 2013

Everyone is watching to see whether the Israeli-Palestinian talks will back out of the dead end that they seem to be approaching. But what about Jerusalem’s other stalled negotiations?

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The spy story that sent Israel’s ties with Turkey up in flames (again)

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

The full extent of the damage done to Israel-Turkey ties in recent years was revealed only last Thursday in the Washington Post by David Ignatius, a columnist with significant sources in the US State Department.

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Turkey and Israel ‘will mend fences’

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 13, 2013

Turkish officials are predicting an imminent rapprochement between Ankara and Jerusalem. A senior official last week told the Turkish daily Zaman that he did “not see any political obstacle standing in the way of normalisation”.

This comes despite fury in Israel over Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent remarks that the Jewish state was behind the military takeover in Egypt.

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Egypt’s national media in grip of bird-brained conspiracy theories

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan drew widespread criticism last month when he accused Israel of orchestrating the military coup in Egypt.

His “proof” was an anti-Muslim Brotherhood diatribe delivered two years earlier by Bernard-Henri Levy during a conference at which the French philosopher was seated next to Israel’s Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

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