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Israel’s PM Netanyahu and President Rivlin feud over planned phone call with Erdogan

Following Erdoğan’s effort to reach out to Israel’s President Rivlin, the Prime Minister’s Office knowing of the Turkish leader’s position conveyed Netanyahu’s opposition to the planned conversation by objecting strenuously to any Turkish involvement in the current Temple Mount crisis.

By Itamar Eichner


President Reuven Rivlin joined efforts to calm tensions at the Temple Mount Thursday afternoon by announcing his intention to speak with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following a request made by the Turkish leader.

Rivlin attacked those who “preferred to blacken his face instead of acting for the good of the country” following criticism of the planned conversation. Continue Reading »

Israel’s 8-point reconciliation agreement with Turkey revealed


The signing of the new Israel-Turkey agreement will only come after President Racep Tayyip Erdoğan’s gov’t makes legislative changes that guarantee the cessation of ongoing lawsuits brought against IDF officers in the Turkish courts.

By Itamar Eichner


Israeli and Turkish negotiation teams were set to meet Sunday in Rome, in order to finalize the two countries’ reconciliation deal, six years after their relationship soured due to the Mavi Marmara incident.

Turkey to build a new power plant, desalination plant (in cooperation with Germany), and hospital in Gaza.

Most of the deal’s details have already been agreed upon, but a number of adjustments are expected to be made.

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Political reshuffle in Turkey likely to facilitate amicable end of reconciliation talks


For Israel, Turkish President Erdoğan’s removal of Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkish intelligence, who is considered an ‘agent’ for Iran & an obstacle in the reconciliation talks with Jerusalem, is a positive development.

By Itamar Eichner


Two recent political developments in Turkey could mark the successful end of Ankara’s reconciliation talks with Israel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – Photo: AP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has recently decided to remove the head of Turkish intelligence, Hakan Fidan, from his post, and make him Anakara’s ambassador to Japan instead. At the same time, the Turkish president also decided that Turkey’s Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Feridun Hadi Sinirlioğlu, would be be appointed Ankara’s ambassador to the UN. Continue Reading »

Analysis: An Israeli gas pipeline to Turkey is a bad idea


Despite Israel’s reputation for toughness, Jerusalem tends to be too optimistic (i.e. the Oslo Accords and the Gaza withdrawal) however, tempting an Israel-Turkey gas pipeline will ultimately work against the Jewish State.

By Daniel Pipes


Recent news suggesting that the Turkish and Israeli governments are poised to renew full diplomatic relations after years of tensions makes me smile cynically — and worry again about Israeli gullibility.

The two states enjoyed close relations in the 1990s, when a common world outlook led to a strong military bond, growing trade, and exchanges of people and culture. Writing in 1997, I characterized this bilateral relationship as having “the potential to alter the strategic map of the Middle East, to reshape American alliances there, and to reduce Israel’s regional isolation.” Continue Reading »

Turkish court charges two newspaper editors with spying against gov’t


Istanbul court charges two journalists who reported that Turkey sent arms to Islamist Syrian rebels. This is not the first time that Turkey’s government has targeted Cumhuriyet or other media outlets which criticize Erdoğan.

 By Ben Ariel


A court in Istanbul on Thursday charged two journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet daily with spying after they alleged Turkey’s secret services had sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, AFP reported, citing Turkish media.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – Reuters

Editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, are accused of spying and “divulging state secrets”, the reports said.
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Report: Latest round of Jerusalem Violence & Rioting Financed From Turkey




Israel has reportedly pointed to Turkey as responsible for incitement that led to the recent spate of turmoil at the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem, according to Channel 2 on Thursday.

Channel 2 cited Israeli officials as blaming Turkey for housing senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, and allowing him to continue to operate under the auspices of the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pays a visit to Lebanon.

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Erdogan boasts about Turkish APC, but mum it was jointly manufactured with Israel


Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, had to figuratively wipe egg of his face this weekend.

The Hurricane, manufactured jointly with an Israeli firm, Hatehof - Photo: Hatehof, LTDThe Hurricane, manufactured jointly with an Israeli firm, Hatehof – Photo: Hatehof, LTD

According to a report in the Turkish daily newspaper Zaman, the firebrand leader paid a visit to the pavilion hosting the International Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul, during which he boasted of his nation’s growing influence in the global arms trade. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu’s outreach for dialogue with Erdogan was rejected

Officials say PM Netanyahu reached out to his Turkish counterpart, Recep  Erdogan, for a reconciliation with Turkey, but Erdogan responded, “there is nothing to talk about” until Israel apologizes for Mavi Marmara raid.

By Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuses to speak with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, senior officials in Jerusalem revealed on Sunday, saying that Israel’s efforts at establishing a meaningful dialogue with the Turkish government had failed.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan refuses to reconcile with Israel. – Photo: AP

The officials said Netanyahu asked to speak with Erdogan and sought to set up a meeting between the two to resolve the ongoing crisis between their countries.

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Erdogan Thumbs Nose at Israeli Tourism; ‘We Don’t Need You’

Erdogan, ignoring statistics that dropped to sixth place for Israeli exports, says his country does not need Israeli tourists.

Nine Turkish citizens were killed after they ambushed Navy commandos with knives and clubs, severely wounding several and kidnapping three until other commandos rescued them and overtook the ship.

Erdogan and Hamas leader Mashaal

Erdogan and Hamas leader Mashaal - Reuters

Erdogan has not forgotten the clash and still blames Israel, despite a United Nations report that Israel was within its right to try to stop the six-ship flotilla from reaching Hamas terrorist-controlled Gaza.

“We don’t need Israeli tourists in Turkey and we don’t feel their absence,”  Erdogan told journalists from two Israeli newspapers, Yediot Acharonot and Maariv during a reception in Istanbul yesterday. Continue Reading »

Erdogan furious over Turkey rating downgrade

Turkey’s prime minister accuses ratings agency Standard & Poor’s of bias for lowering country’s long-term credit outlook


Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused ratings agency Standard & Poor’s of bias for lowering the country’s long-term credit outlook on the same day it upgraded Greece’s credit grade.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Photo: EPA

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Photo by EPA

S&P on Tuesday had dropped Turkey’s outlook from positive to stable, which mean it is no longer considering an upgrade of its credit rating, and cited concerns over government debt. The same day it had upgraded the ratings of neighboring Greece after Athens completed a major debt writedown with private creditors. Continue Reading »

Erdogan Blocked from German ‘Tolerance Prize’

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was blocked Saturday by German protesters from receiving an award for “humanity and tolerance.”


The 2012 Steiger Award was originally set to be awarded to Erdogan at a ceremony Saturday night in the western Germany city of Bochum. “Steiger” translates as “miner,” and is intended to reflect the qualities of responsibility, honesty, openness and hard work valued in the North Rhine Westphalia region where the award is presented. The award was created in 2005 under a private initiative.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Photo by Reuters

The Turkish prime minister was to receive the prize “in the name of the Turkish people” on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the agreement that allowed hundreds of thousands of Turkish foreign workers to enter Germany. Continue Reading »

Mashaal in Turkey: Israel Used Gaza to Test Iron Dome

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal meets Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. blames Israel for using excuses to attack Gaza.


The head of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, met on Friday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two met for two hours during a surprise visit Mashaal made to Ankara.

Channel 10 News reported that during the meeting, Mashaal told Erdogan that Israel had used excuses to attack Gaza during the escalation this week, when terrorists fired more than 200 rockets at southern Israel.

Erdogan and Mashaal meet in Turkey

Erdogan and Mashaal meet in Turkey - Photo:Reuters

“Israel used Gaza as an experiment field for the Iron Dome and for the IDF’s weapons,” Mashaal was quoted by Channel 10 as having told Erdogan. Continue Reading »

Turkish Airstrikes Target PPK in Northern Iraq

One day after Turkey’s prime minister castigated Israel for striking terrorists in Gaza, Ankara strikes at terrorists in Iraq.

Turkish warplanes launched a series of air strikes on northern Iraq late on Tuesday

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - Photo by Reuters

The region is home to several bases used by Kurdish separatists from the PKK that Ankara regards as terrorists – and frequently targets with its military.

“After 10:00 last night, the Turkish warplanes hit some areas near the border in three locations,” Colonel Hussein Tamr told the media.

“It lasted more than an hour. We went there after the attacks finished. Continue Reading »