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Turks remind uppity Jews to appreciate Ottoman Empire, forgetting Jews paid jizya to stay alive


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.

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Turkey’s Despot Erdogan Spewing ‘Conspiracy Theories’ to Incite Muslims Against Israel


Even though Erdogan knew Israel’s security on the Temple Mount was enhanced after armed Muslim terrorists opened fire murdering 2 Israeli Policemen, he told the Turkish parliament that Israel “is using the fight against terrorism as a pretext to take al-Aqsa Mosque from the hands of Muslims.”
– Netanyahu’s office said Erdogan claims are “absurd, unfounded and distorted.”

By Itamar Eichner and AP


Israel dismissed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s accusation Tuesday that it was trying taking over holy sites in Jerusalem from Muslims.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry called Erdogan’s remarks “absurd, unfounded and distorted.”

“The days of the Ottoman Empire have passed,” it continued. Continue Reading »

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 »

Despite renewed ties with Israel, Erdogan incites Muslims to ’embrace the Palestinian cause’


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.

Turkey builds Mosques in Gaza

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 first TV interview by Israeli in 13 years Erdogan unabashed over Marmara flotilla fiasco


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.)



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 »

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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Hamas: ‘Normalization with Israel serves Turkey’s interest, Gaza siege doesn’t’


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.



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 »

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 »

Turkey seeks to mend regional fences: First Israel, now courts Egypt


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 »

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 »

Israel welcomes Turkey’s initiative by reaching 7-point reconciliation ‘understandings’


Israeli official reveals draft agreement to compensate families of those killed on the Marmara, and selling Israel’s natural gas, was reached in secret meetings with Turkish gov’t representatives in Switzerland.

By Ari Yashar


An Israeli official on Thursday revealed that “understandings” to normalize ties have been reached with Turkey, in a potential breakthrough for the strained relations that collapsed in the infamous Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla incident in 2010.

Drafted in a secret meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday, the deal would have Israel pay compensation to the families of the radical activists on board the flotilla who attacked IDF soldiers with lethal force, and would also launch talks on natural gas exports to Turkey.
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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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Enumerating Erdogan’s Last Half-Dozen Outlandish Rants

Turkey’s anti-Semitic President has caused bewilderment around the world with his controversial comments, but with his conservative uneducated constituency at home, he connects.



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has raised eyebrows around the world with a series of outlandish comments but while his remarks sometimes cause bafflement abroad they strike a chord with many conservative Turks at home.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. (Photo: Associated Press)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. – Photo: Associated Press

In the last month alone he has declared that Muslims discovered the Americas before Columbus and that women are not equal to men. But these were just the latest headline-grabbing declarations from Erdoğan over a long career of controversy. Continue Reading »

Cuba Balks at Erdogan’s Proposal to Build Country’s 1st Mosque

Communist government unhesitatingly says ‘no thanks’ to Turkish leader’s offer during a speech in which he claimed ‘Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus.’

By Ari Soffer


Cuba has reportedly rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s offer to build the country’s first mosque.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – AFP/File

Erdoğan’s offer came during a speech in Istanbul to Muslim leaders from Latin America, in which he made the bizarre claim that Muslims discovered the Americas nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus.

“Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178,” Erdoğan said at the televised address.

“Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast,” he added, and said that Ankara was even prepared to build a mosque at the site mentioned by the Genoese explorer. Continue Reading »

Turkey’s President Erdogan: Muslims discovered the Americas Centuries Before Columbus

Turkish president declares that Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before the 1492 landing of Columbus.

By Deb Riechmann


AP – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is claiming that Muslim sailors reached the Americas more than 300 years before explorer Christopher Columbus.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at a ceremony marking the anniversary of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s death, November 10, 2014 in Ankara. – Photo: AFP


Erdoğan made the comments on Saturday at a gathering of Muslim leaders from Latin America.

“Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus,” the president said in a televised speech, according to AFP.

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