A pragmatic Prime Minister of Israel, Netanyahu opines, “Whoever wants to make such a reconciliation must know our terms are clear: recognizing the State of Israel, disbanding Hamas’ military arm and severing ties with Iran, which calls for our destruction.”
• PA rebuttal: ‘Israel wants to perpetuate the conflict because it obstructs establishing a Palestinian state.’
By Shlomo Cesana, Daniel Siryoti, Mati Tuchfeld, Adi Hashmonai, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed on Tuesday that Israel would not deal with a Palestinian government that included Hamas if it maintained its anti-Israel stance and remained committed to terrorism. 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 »