Turkey

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Turkish Prime Minister claims Israel uses Holocaust as excuse

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

Holocaust survivors have reacted furiously to comments by the Turkish Prime Minister suggesting that Israel uses the Holocaust as an excuse to kill Palestinians.

The Israeli Prime Minister also condemned Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his remarks, made during an appearance on Turkish television.

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What is Turkey's endgame?

By Robin Shepherd, September 15, 2011

All the evidence on the Gaza flotilla incident last year in which nine Turkish jihadists were killed - including the Palmer Report, which did criticise Israel for "unacceptable" use of force, while also acknowledging the violence of the activists aboard - has shown beyond doubt that this was not the act of mass murder it was initially portrayed as being.

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Erdogan tells Cairo: 'Flotilla cause for war'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 15, 2011

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was received with mixed feelings in Cairo this week on the first leg of his Middle East tour.

While his criticism of Israel was accepted with enthusiasm, the Egyptian government and the Muslim Brotherhood were anxious to make it clear that they would decide their own policies independently.

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Myopia on Israel

September 15, 2011

It is hardly surprising that the near universal reaction to the current crises in Israel's relations with Egypt and Turkey has been to blame Israel. When has anything not been held to be Israel's fault?

The breakdown in Turkish relations is Israel's fault, we are told; despite a UN report that backed Israel's right to defend itself.

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