REPORT: Three tourists with dual Belgian-Turkish citizenships were arrested ascending the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after violent response when they were refused entry as long as they wore T-shirts with Turkish flag on them.
Three Turkish tourists were arrested on the slopes of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Turkish media outlets extensively reported Saturday. The tourists were arrested Friday for assaulting police officers, it was reported, and were still detained and interrogated.
Turkish paper Daily Sabah reported eye witness accounts purporting the Israel Police prevented a delegation of Turkish tourists—some of them children—to enter the Temple Mount complex. Continue Reading »
Having been refused to board a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, the 12 Israeli judokas will now have to travel to Amman, Jordan to receive their visas allowing them to enter and compete in the Grand Slam event in UAE.
By Gary Willig
The Israeli judo team, which was supposed to fly to the United Arab Emirates via Istanbul for the Grand Slam event, was stranded at Ben Gurion Airport after Turkish Airlines refused to allow them on its plane, Channel 1 reported.
The 12 Israeli jukokas were supposed to receive their visas to the United Arab Emirates in Istanbul and arrive for the competition tonight (Monday). Continue Reading »
Turkish despot Erdoğan said that since Israel is the only nation to publicly support the Kurdish independence referendum, it’s not “legitimate” and “Turkey could not take any steps” moving forward with the Jewish State.
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
ERBIL, Iraq – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated on Tuesday afternoon that “If Israel does not reconsider its support for Kurdish independence, Turkey could not take any steps” with the Jewish State, according to the Turkish news outlet Daily Sabah.
He went on to say that if the Kurdish referendum is held on its own, with only Israel and the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) celebrating it, then it will not be legitimate. Continue Reading »
In a tit for tat spat originating from Turkey, their Foreign Ministry spokesman now decrees that life was better for the Jews during the Ottoman Empire (before the Jewish state), ignoring the genocides, or the abuses perpetrated on those who couldn’t pay their ‘jizyah’, the infidel tax.
The Jews should appreciate how good they had it under the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday after Israel responded to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments on the Temple Mount crisis by reminding him that the days of the Ottoman Empire are over.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan desperately seeking the prestige once awarded the Ottoman Empire. Continue Reading »
Turkish journalists were appalled at the excessive and offensive treatment they were required to endure at the hands of Israeli security agents at the entrance to the Cyber Conference, just as ‘Israeli and Turkey are trying to normalize relations.’
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Three Turkish journalists complained on Tuesday of excessive and offensive behavior towards them carried out by Israeli security staff at Israel’s Cyber Week 2017.
In a letter obtained by The Jerusalem Post‘s sister publication Maariv, economy editor of the Daily Sabah, Seyma Eraz explained that she, Kenan Ozcan, and Emre İzkübarlas from Fox Turkey were invited by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Israeli consulate in Istanbul to cover Cyber Week 2017, taking place at Tel Aviv University. Continue Reading »
In a speech in Istanbul, the Turkish President claimed, “Israel kills children that play on the beach,” and condemned a new Israeli law that forbids the use of outdoor loud-speakers blasting the ‘call for prayer’ in residential areas from 11 p.m.- 7 a.m. threatening “a sufficient response to all who think to prevent the sound of the Muezzin in Al-Aksa and Jerusalem.”
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Monday that his nation will not stand idly by in regard to the silencing of the Muezzin in Jerusalem. Referencing the proposed Muezzin Bill.
“We will have a sufficient response to all who think to prevent the sound of the Muezzin in Al- Aksa and Jerusalem.”
In a speech that the Turkish President gave during the opening ceremony on the International Forum on al-Quds Waqf in Istanbul, he emphasized that the new Hamas Charter is able to bring about a solution to the Palestinian issue and end the inter-Palestinian conflict. Continue Reading »
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Turkey’s foreign minister joined Avigdor Lieberman and the Saudi Foreign Minister urging the international community to punish Iran’s aggression and activities that are undermining regional stability.
By Itamar Eichner and Reuters
Israel and Saudi Arabia presented a united front on Sunday, issuing almost identical warnings of caution against Iranian aggression Sunday as the two countries urged the international community to punish Tehran for a myriad of activities undermining regional stability.Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir closed ranks, despite their respective countries having no official diplomatic relations, as they rebuffed statements made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif calling on Sunni Muslim Gulf states to help reduce violence in the area. Continue Reading »
While delegations in Jerusalem progress in their discussions to construct a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey and on to Europe, Israel’s Energy Ministry Director General Shaul Meridor is set to meet soon with Italian, Cypriot & Greek ministers for talks on a different pipeline project.
By Hezi Sternlicht
A delegation from the Turkish Energy Ministry is currently visiting Israel for talks about a joint gas pipeline that would pump gas from Israel to Turkey and Europe.
The project, which has been under consideration for some time, was also the focus of Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz’s visit to Turkey in October. Continue Reading »
In accordance with the reconciliation deal made by Israel & Turkey this June to normalize bilateral ties, Istanbul court drops case against IDF commanders being tried in absentia over the Marmara raid.
By Elad Benari, Canada
A court in Istanbul on Friday dropped a case against four top former Israeli commanders who were being tried in absentia over the 2010 raid of the Mavi Marmara ship bound for Gaza, AFP reported.
Dropping the charges against the Israeli commanders was a key pillar of a deal agreed between Israel and Turkey this June to normalize bilateral ties.
MS Mavi Marmara making a tour of Istanbul harbour on the occasion of her return to Istanbul, December 26, 2010 – Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Hevesli
The Mavi Marmara incident occurred when IDF soldiers boarded the ship after the Islamists on board, who claimed they were carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza, refused to reverse course and dock at the Ashdod Port. Continue Reading »
Taking a tough stance on Israel despite recently renewed ties between the two countries, Erdoğan calls on “all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem.”
By Associated Press
ISTANBUL — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has urged Muslims to defend the Palestinian cause, striking a tough stance on Israel despite improved ties between the two nations.
The president of majority Muslim Turkey said Tuesday “it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem” and that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to children armed with nothing but stones. Continue Reading »
In the interview, Erdoğan said that claims made by Israeli commandos about violence perpetrated by those aboard the ship were “all lies” and “They cannot be believed,” Erdoğan said, “we have all the documents to prove it.”
(- Apparently he didn’t watch the [included below]video provide by the IDF that used onboard CCTV film and real-time footage taken by the IDF, documenting the event.)
By JPOST.COM STAFF
For the first time in 13 years, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sat down for an interview with an Israeli TV station and called for opening a new chapter in relations between the two countries. Continue Reading »
Israeli officials have met with the CEOs of gas & oil companies from around the world, including the US, Europe, China & Australia, to begin searching for further energy deposits off Israel’s Mediterranean coast.
By SHARON UDASIN
After a four-year freeze in offshore natural gas exploration, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steintiz declared Israel’s Eastern Mediterranean open for business on Tuesday.
“A year and a half ago when I entered my position, the gas was stuck, the sea was closed and the sector was strangled,” Steinitz said, at a Jerusalem press conference that morning. “We are changing this picture.”
Israel’s National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steintiz speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem – Video Screenshot
Gas companies interested in exploring Israel’s waters have 24 license zones open to them, each spanning a maximum area of 400 square kilometers, ministry director-general Shaul Meridor explained. Continue Reading »
Some of the victims’ relatives expressed anger that the gov’t sponsored $20 million reconciliation deal with Israel was not discussed with them first.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Despite the recent $20 million reconciliation deal concluded between Israel and Turkey, the families of the Turkish citizens killed on the 2010 flotilla ship, the Mavi Marmara, which was bound for Gaza, will not be dropping their cases against Israeli officers, according to AFP.
Nine Turkish citizens were killed when Israel raided the ship during its attempt to break the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Some of the relatives expressed anger that the deal was not discussed with them first. Continue Reading »
6 years after the souring of ties, natural gas is helping the two regional powers begin normalizing their relations, with Israel’s Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz saying, ‘The economic results should be to the benefit of the peoples of Turkey & Israel.’
Israel and Turkey agreed to deepen cooperation in the energy sector on Thursday, taking a further step towards normalizing ties with the first Israeli ministerial visit to Turkey since a breakdown six years ago.
Israel’s Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz and Erdogan meet in Turkey – Photo source: Ynet
Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said he would welcome more involvement by Turkish firms in the Israeli energy sector, particularly in gas exploration, and said “detailed dialogue” between the two governments would begin in the coming months,
After meeting in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Berat Albayrak, who is President Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law, Steinitz said the two had discussed the possibility of building a natural gas pipeline from Israel to Turkey. Continue Reading »
Turkey’s parliament ratified the reconciliation deal with Israel on Saturday, that was approved by Israel in June, ending a 6-yr rift, and now paving the way for the restoration of full diplomatic ties & cooperation.
Turkey’s parliament on Saturday approved a reconciliation agreement signed with Israel in June which has brought a six-year rift between the two regional powers to an end.
Women wave flags outside the AK Party headquarters in Ankara, Turkey. – Photo: REUTERS
Relations between the two countries crumbled after Israeli marines stormed a Turkish ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, killing 10 Turks on board. Continue Reading »