Hitler the star of Turkish shampoo advert

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2012

Cosmetics advertisers have gone to great lengths over the years to attract consumers. Now a Turkish shampoo company has decided to engage the help of the Nazi leader to convince people its brand is best.

Biomen's advert, which features archive footage of Hitler, is on air in Turkey at present.


Israelis warned of terror threat in Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2012

Fears about a potential terror attack in Turkey have prompted Israel to warn its citizens not to travel there.

Until about two years ago, Turkey was one of the most popular tourist destinations for Israel. But relations became frosty in the wake of the deaths of Turkish anti-Israel activists on board a Gaza-bound flotilla in May 2010, and have been fractured ever since.


Israel's front-line in the South Caucasus

By Tim Judah, February 6, 2012

Aghdam is as far as you can go. Travel east, cross Turkey, pass the snow-capped twin peaks of Ararat, cross Armenia and finally you get to Nagorno-Karabakh. As the Soviet Union collapsed, this was the front-line in a brutal war pitting Armenians against Azerbaijanis, or Azeris. Thousands died and more than a million fled their homes. Today, Aghdam is an extraordinary place.


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.

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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.