In the decade since Hamas expelled the PA from Gaza in a violent political coup, all previous reconciliation attempts between Abbas’s Fatah party and Hamas failed to reach an agreement over Hamas’ position to remain armed and independent, like ‘Hezbollah in Lebanon.’
By ADAM RASGON
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said he would not accept a scenario in the Gaza Strip, in which Hamas’s armed wing would be able to hold onto its weapons.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – Photo: Wikimedia
Abbas’s comments came several hours after PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas Politburo Chairman Ismail Haniyeh met in Gaza in a bid to start work on ending the decade-long territorial division between the West Bank and Gaza. 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 »
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.
“We are grateful for the messages and appreciate them, and will continue the reconciliation process as normal,” said the Turkish official. 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 »