Turkey

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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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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