Turkey

Erdogan’s Israel remark reveals frustration

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 22, 2013

Even for a severe critic of Israel like Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the outburst on Tuesday appeared to be taking things to the extreme.

At a meeting of his party’s leaders in Ankara, Mr Erdogan launched a broadside against the Egyptian military that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood government last month.

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Erdogan blames Israel for Egypt coup

By Zoe Winograd, August 20, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan has accused Israel of being behind the coup in Egypt.

According to Turkish sources, Mr Erdogan met members of his party on Tuesday and said: "Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence."

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What’s next for the Mossad menagerie — Secret Squirrel?

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2013

International paranoia over Israeli spy tactics reached new heights this week when Turkish authorities detained a kestrel, believing it to be part of an elaborate surveillance operation.

Locals in eastern Turkey found the bird and passed it over to the authorities, who took it to Fırat University to be X-rayed.

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ICC may investigate Israel over flotilla

By Ben Hartman, July 11, 2013

The international Criminal Court is considering whether to open a criminal investigation into Israel’s May 2010 raid on the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara that left nine people dead.

The ICC said that it was following up on a request for a probe from the African country of Comoros, due to the fact that one of the vessels in the flotilla bore the Indian Ocean island’s flag.

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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister condemned after blaming Jews for unrest

By Zoe Winograd, July 3, 2013

Jewish leaders have condemned the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister for blaming anti-government demonstrations on the “Jewish diaspora".

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Turkey-Syria border: ‘Hizbollah murdered our villagers’

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 14, 2013

As news began filtering through that the Syrian town of Qusayr, next to Lebanon, had fallen to a combined force of the Syrian Army, Hizbollah and Shia and Allawite militiamen, at another of Syria’s borders, refugees from yet another civil war battlefield gathered.

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Mossad director meets Turkish intelligence chief

By Zoe Winograd, June 12, 2013

The head of Israel’s secret service met Turkish officials in Ankara on Monday.

Mossad director Tamir Pardo had a meeting with Hakan Fidan of the Turkish intelligence agency.

According to sources, the two discussed the Iranian nuclear programme, threats from Syria and greater intelligence co-operation between Israel and Turkey, as well as the current protests in Turkey.

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'With Erdogan in place Turkey can't be an ally'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2013

A draft agreement between Israel and Turkey over compensation for the families of the nine Turkish citizens killed three years ago on the Mavi Marmara ferry was prepared last week in talks in Ankara between representatives of the two nations.

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What apology? Turkey blocks Israel détente

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 18, 2013

Israel’s apology to Turkey in relation to the deaths of nine of its citizens in the Gaza flotilla incident was supposed to have paved the way to a rapprochement between the two former allies, but the Turkish government now appears to be dragging its feet.

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Kerry arrives in Israel to kick-start peace process

By Zoe Winograd, April 8, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to broker negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Mr Kerry is expected to take part in the Yom Hashoah ceremony at Yad Vashem this morning followed by a meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the afternoon.

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