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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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".


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.


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.