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.


High security as Israeli side Maccabi arrive in Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Players for Israeli football club Maccabi Tel Aviv have arrived in Istanbul for a Europa League match.

The team was greeted by more than 2,500 policemen, and throughout their stay in Turkey players will be under police protection.


Israel-Turkey tension hurts Maccabi Europa chances

By Jennifer Lipman, September 9, 2011

Israeli soldiers who play for the Maccabi Tel Aviv team will not be able to play in Turkey next week, following the breakdown in diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Despite the political dispute, the match against the Bestikas team for the Europa League is set to proceed.


Amnesty puts Israel at fault for flotilla

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

Amnesty International has said it stands by its initial response to the report into the Gaza flotilla, despite the human rights group focussing almost solely on the UN's findings against Israel.

Following the publication of the Palmer Report, Amnesty International issued a statement which made no mention of the report's criticism of Turkey for failing to do enough to stop the flotilla.


How the Israel-Turkey talks fell apart

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2011

The dispute between Israel and Turkey involved national pride, diplomatic posturing and regional interests, but protracted negotiations between the two countries often seemed to hinge on just one word.

"The government hired some of the top linguists, experts in the English language and the phrasing of international agreements," said one senior Israeli official, "just to come up with best formul


Even the UN report says that Israel had no need to apologise

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 8, 2011

The Palmer Report was ready for release in July. However, it was delayed two months in a failed attempt to facilitate reconciliation between Jerusalem and Ankara.


'Only deal Turkey sought was Israel's humiliation'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2011

The relationship between Israel and Turkey hit rock bottom this week when the government in Ankara downgraded diplomatic ties and cancelled all commercial and military agreements between the two countries.


Turkey expels Israeli envoy

September 2, 2011

Turkey is expelling the Israeli ambassador and downgrading diplomatic ties following today's publication of a UN report into last year's Gaza flotilla.


Erdogan hands back confiscated property

By Sami Kohen, September 1, 2011

The Turkish government has decided to return all confiscated property belonging to the country's non-Muslim communities, including Jews.


Turkey and Israel in scramble to avert diplomatic deep freeze

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 1, 2011

Israeli and Turkish diplomats are still seeking a formula whereby the two countries can find a way to put the Gaza flotilla crisis behind them.

The United Nations report on the 2010 flotilla - expected to justify Israel's actions to a large degree - is to be published this weekend. After its release, it will be extremely difficult to reach a compromise.