Can Erdogan bring stability? Unlikely

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 5, 2015

The Turkish electorate went back a second time to the polls on Sunday and voted for stability. After five months of a hung parliament, terror attacks, media repression and renewed warfare with the Kurds, enough voters returned to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) to enable Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a majority government.


Israel-Turkey talks flicker as flotilla fizzles

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 2, 2015

Relations between Israel and Turkey continue to be overshadowed by the memory of 2010's Mavi Marmara flotilla as the two countries try to edge toward a rapprochement.

Meanwhile this week, Israeli naval commandos once again prevented from more boats from reaching Gaza.


What the Turkish election means for the Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 9, 2015

The schadenfreude in the West and in Israel over the electoral blow suffered by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday is understandable.


Turkish shul project is aimed at Muslims

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 5, 2015

The Izmir Project, which aims to preserve Turkey's Sephardic heritage, is boosting efforts to restore Izmir's Jewish quarters and to generate interest in the city's Jewish history, not only among Jews but also tourists and Turkey's Muslim population.

"The final aim is the establishment of a Jewish museum in the city of Izmir, which will at the same time lay the foundation for a respectable dial


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.