Turkish envoy defends policy against Israel

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

A senior diplomat from Turkey's UK embassy braved a battery of questions on his country's rocky relations with Israel in one of the closing sessions of the winter Limmud conference.

Kerem Kiratli, the deputy chief of mission, stood in for his ambassador, who had been planning to attend but had been summoned to a conference in Ankara.

Israel's once-strong relations with Turkey dived after nin


Israel cancels military contract with Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

The increasingly fragile relationship between Israel and Turkey showed no sign of improvement this week after the Israeli government cancelled a military contract worth more than £90 million.

The government had been due to supply Turkey with an aerial intelligence system in a deal agreed two years ago.


Israel's politicians debate recognition of Armenian genocide

By Jennifer Lipman, December 27, 2011

Israeli parliamentarians have debated whether the country should officially recognise the mass killings of Armenians during the First World War as genocide.

Last week France angered Turkey by passing a law criminalising denying that what happened in 1915 was genocide.


Turkey in £6m shul initiative

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

The reconstruction of seven historic synagogues in a Turkish city will act as a tool to teach Muslims about Jewish history, according to directors of the project.

The synagogues of Izmir date back to the 17th century, but lie largely in ruins after years of neglect.

The city, in western Turkey, is now home to only 1,200 Jews, but was once one of the world's most vibrant Jewish communities.


Mossad man got Gilad out. Can he bag Turkey?

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 10, 2011

In a new effort at reconciliation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week appointed David Meidan, the former Mossad operative who spearheaded the Shalit prisoner deal, as his special envoy to the Turkish government.

In what is seen as an encouraging move in Jerusalem, Turkey has accepted the move and Mr Meidan will be meeting senior officials in Ankara over the next few weeks in an attempt


Turkish date with Limmud

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

An eye-catching name on the guest list at this year's Limmud conference is Turkish Ambassador to the UK Ünal Çeviköz.

Two years ago such a visit would have been unremarkable but Turkey's spectacular fallout with Israel since the Gaza flotilla incident last year gives it added currency now.


Turkey accepts Israel's offer of earthquake aid

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2011

Turkey has accepted Israel's offer of foreign aid in the wake of an earthquake in the east of the country.

Following the disaster, Israeli President Shimon Peres telephoned his Turkish counterpart, President Abdullah Gul and offered to send search-and-rescue teams, food, medicine, medical staff and equipment.


Israel offers help after Turkish earthquake

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

Israel was among the first countries to offer support to Turkey following the devastating earthquake in the east of the country.

The death toll from the disaster has reached above 200 people and there are fears it could rise significantly.


Turkey taking on Iran? Not out of question

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 11, 2011

When Iran was called Persia and Turkey the Ottoman Empire, war was a regular past time for their rulers. Since the Safavid rulers embraced Shi'a Islam in the 16th century, the two countries fought intermittently until 1847, when the second Treaty of Erzurum put an end to their territorial disputes.


Why don't you give the Kurds a state, Erdogan?

By Robin Shepherd, September 27, 2011

Reports that the United States has agreed to deploy predator drones in Turkey to aid Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his battle against Kurdish separatists will provoke wry smiles among those used to both hypocrisy over counter-terrorism strategy in the Middle East and the blatant double standards of an increasingly anti-Israeli Turkey.

The decision, if it goes ahead, forms part of a dea