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 »
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 »
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.”
The relationship flourished for another five years, until the Justice and Development Party (the AKP) won the Turkish elections in 2002 and proceeded to move Turkey in an Islamist direction. Continue Reading »
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. Continue Reading »
Israel’s TV2 cites local officials as blaming Turkey for hosting senior Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri, who they blame for organizing & funding the Palestinian violence.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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.
After much nationalistic bravado at the Int’l Defense Industry Fair in Istanbul, Erdoğan unveiled the Hurricane, a vehicle that was manufactured jointly with an Israeli firm, Hatehof.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
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, 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 »
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 - 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 »
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 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 »
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 - 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 »
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 - 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 »
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
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 »