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.” 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 »
Senior Turkish official assures Jerusalem that the reconciliation agreement signed with the Jewish State will continue unimpeded.
By Elad Benari
A senior Turkish official on Sunday evening assured a senior Israeli official that “the reconciliation process [between Israel and Turkey] continues as usual” even after the failed coup attempt this weekend.
The Turkish official’s comments follow Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s remarks at Sunday morning’s cabinet meeting, and following the announcement of the Foreign Ministry regarding Israel’s desire to continue the reconciliation process with Turkey.
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“We are grateful for the messages and appreciate them, and will continue the reconciliation process as normal,” said the Turkish official.
Hamas official tells an Arab London-based newspaper: “Erdoğan told the leadership that he must make progress on the normalization deal with Israel in order to serve Turkey’s interests, …but the Israeli gov’t stubbornly rejected his attempts,” to lift the siege.
By MAAYAN GROISMAN
Amid reports about an approaching normalization deal between Israel and Turkey, Hamas claims that Turkey has renounced the condition that Israel lift the siege on Gaza that it has defined as a prerequisite for reconciliation.
Erdoğan and Mashaal – Photo: REUTERS
In a conversation with the daily-Arab London-based newspaper Rai al-Youm, unnamed Hamas officials said: “Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced to Hamas’s leadership that he has done everything possible to lift the siege or ameliorate it, but the Israeli government stubbornly rejected his attempts.” Continue Reading »
Reconciliation with Turkey will eliminate barriers placed by its President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, allowing NATO to integrate Israeli cybersecurity, battlefield medicine capabilities, electronic upgrades and a host of products NATO sees as assets.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
Israel’s efforts to reconcile with NATO member Turkey will help enhance Israeli intelligence sharing and other security cooperation with the alliance, a NATO diplomat said on Tuesday.
NATO Headquarters in Brussels – Photo: Reuters
Israel and Turkey were once close regional allies, but diplomatic relations between them broke down in 2010 after the Israeli naval raid on the Gaza-bound vessel Mavi Marmara in which 10 pro-Palestinian Turkish activists were killed. 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 »
Prime Minister Netanyahu sends MDA plus IDF jets with medical support teams to Istanbul to return Israeli victims after suicide bomber attack.
By JPOST.COM STAFF, YUVAL BAGNO/MAARIV
Eyewitness accounts by Israeli victims of the Istanbul terror attack Saturday afternoon told their stories through social media or gave interviews about their terrifying experience after a suicide bomber killed five people and injured over 30 more.
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One victim, Naama Peled, who traveled to the Turkish metropolis in order to participate in a culinary excursion, wrote on social media to assure her family and friends that she was in good health.
(Photo by: Reuters)
“To all my friends and loved ones, I’m fine,” Peled wrote on her Facebook wall.
After the crisis of Turkey’s downing of a Russian aircraft in November, Erdoğan’s latest conciliatory moves to reflect its regional importance is to improve its standings with Netanyahu and al-Sisi.
Turkey is looking to upgrade diplomatic ties with Egypt, after relations became strained when President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, Turkish media reported on Sunday.
Erdoğan, Netanyahu and Sisi – Photo: ATEF SAFADI : POOL : AFP,REUTERS
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he would allow ministerial-level talks between the two countries, but ruled out meeting with the Egyptian president. Continue Reading »
Although full normalizing of ties is still far off, to begin negotiations Turkey agreed to Israel’s demand to expel Saleh al-Arouri, one of the planners of the 2014 murder of 3 Israeli teenagers.
By Smadar Perry, Itamar Eichner
As agreed upon Hamas’ senior representative in Istanbul, Saleh al-Arouri, was expelled from Turkey Monday. Nevertheless, there remain a number of points which can stall and even torpedo normalizing diplomatic ties.
Israel established al-Arouri’s expulsion from the country as a condition for achieving full reconciliation between Ankara and Jerusalem. Al-Arouri’s “voluntary” departure was agreed upon during the meeting between Hamas’ political chief, Khaled Mashal and Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu last Saturday. Continue Reading »