Tag Archive for reconciliation talks

Palestinian Authority autocrat Mahmoud Abbas demands Hamas surrenders all weapons

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.’



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 »

Mavi Marmara victims’ families vow to continue court cases


Some of the victims’ relatives expressed anger that the gov’t sponsored $20 million reconciliation deal with Israel was not discussed with them first.




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.

Mavi Marmara incident - Photo by Stringer Turkey, ReutersNine 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 »

Turkish parliament approves deal ending 6 cold years with Israel


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 »

Turkey: Reconciliation agreement with Israel to continue

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.

Turkey builds Mosques in Gaza
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.

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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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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 »