Turkey, currently in crises with Syria, Iraq, Greece, France, Libya, Armenia, UAE, Saudi Arabia and others desperately wants to engage against Israel, but without angering Trump & Co.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Turkey has been threatening many countries in recent months. But noticeably absent from the incitement campaign that Ankara tends to run against Greece, Armenia, France and others is Israel.
This is not because Turkey’s ruling party likes Israel; indeed, Turkey is one of the most hostile countries in the world to Israel. Turkey’s president has hosted Hamas terrorists twice this year, has compared Israel to the Nazis and has threatened to break off relations with the UAE after the Gulf state and Israel signed a normalization deal. Continue Reading »
A former senior US adviser on Islamic Affairs for the Pentagon says Israel should allow the breakdown of the Palestinian Authority to happen, so that a new generation of non-PLO leaders can replace the existing, autocratic, kleptocracy.
By Ariel Ben Solomon , JNS and ILH Staff
Despite US President Donald Trump’s release of the “Peace to Prosperity” Mideast plan earlier this year to help resolve issues associated with the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, it remains clear that no negotiations between the two parties are on the horizon amid a Palestinian boycott of the Trump administration.
Given this and the ongoing discussion of Israel’s imminent move to apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria, questions are being raised over the viability of Palestinian Authority, especially as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, 84, has once again threatened to cut off security cooperation with Israel over the move. Continue Reading »
As President Erdogan is “playing host” to the radical Islamic group Hamas, terrorists are plotting attacks on Israel from Turkey, using Istanbul as their base of operations.
By David Rosenberg
The Turkish government is hosting Hamas terrorists on its soil and permitting them to plan terror attacks on Israeli targets, a report released by The Telegraph Tuesday night claims.
According to the report, transcripts of Israeli police interrogations of terrorists show that senior Hamas terrorists are using Istanbul as a center for the terror group’s operations abroad. Terrorist leaders operating out of Turkey’s largest city direct Hamas activities in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, the report added, including the a foiled plot to assassinate the mayor of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Turkish strongman claims the Jewish state ‘scares’ neighboring countries with its secret nuclear arsenal while Ankara, currently banned from developing nuclear weapons, isn’t granted the same protection from its “almost neighbor” Israel.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to forbid Ankara from obtaining its own nuclear weapons, while its “almost neighbor” Israel uses its nuclear arsenal to terrorize other nations.
“Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell us) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept,” he told his ruling AK Party members in the eastern city of Sivas. Continue Reading »
International Criminal Court’s Appeals body orders ICC prosecutor to reconsider past two decisions to close war crimes charges against Israel for its actions during the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla event.
– 10 armed Turkish IHH activists were killed by Israel Navy commandos.
By YONAH JEREMY BOB
The International Criminal Court’s top appeals chamber on Monday ordered the ICC prosecution to reconsider her decision to close the probe into war crimes allegations relating to the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla incident.
After years of attempting to go after top Israeli political and military officials in courts in Turkey, Europe and before the ICC for the deaths of 10 mostly Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) activists killed by Israel Navy commandos, the split ICC Appeals Chamber decision keeps the case alive. Continue Reading »
Russia’s weekend delivery of the advanced S-400 air defense system will now terminate the US’s F-35 fighter jet sales program, as Washington has warned Turkey about taking delivery, regardless of Ankara insistence it is a “strategic defense requirement.”
By Reuters , Israel Hayom Staff
Russia flew a fresh shipment of advanced air defense equipment to Turkey on Saturday, the Turkish Defence Ministry said, continuing to implement a deal that is likely to trigger US sanctions against a NATO ally.
The ministry said a fourth Russian cargo plane landed at the Mürted Airbase near the Turkish capital Ankara, a day after three huge Russian air force AN-124 planes offloaded equipment at the base. Continue Reading »
ANALYSIS: Saudi Arabia, Marocco and Erdogan’s Islamist regime in Turkey are strategically interfering in Israel’s internal affairs by funding & inciting Arab activists, and it’s no coincidence that the Wakf & Palestinians are now taking steps to control the Temple Mount, just as Trump’s special advisor has begun to advance the ‘Deal of the Century.’
By Yochanan Visser
Once again Palestinian Arab Muslims, backed by foreign actors, try to stir up unrest over the Temple Mount where they have built numerous unauthorized buildings and mosques.
Last Friday, thousands of Arab Muslims chanting “Allah Hu Akbar broke the status quo on the Temple Mount again when they entered an area known as the Golden Gate or Bab al-Rahma (Gate of Mercy) in Arabic. Continue Reading »
Ignoring US suggestions to end support of Hamas, stop attacks on Netanyahu & Israel, stop attacking Kurds who’ve allied with the U.S., respect US sanctions on Iran, and now refusing to release Pastor Brunson from incarceration have led the Turkish lira to lose over 40% of its value so far this year.
By i24NEWS – AFP
Turkey’s embattled lira on Thursday hit a new record low against the dollar as high-level talks seeking to slacken tensions between Ankara and Washington produced no apparent breakthrough between the two NATO allies.
The lira lost 2.0 percent to trade at 5.4 to the dollar and lost 2.2 percent against the euro to trade at 6.3, also a record low. Continue Reading »
A Washington Post article suggests Israel deported a Turkish woman after having already indicted her for providing assistance to the terror group Hamas, in a deal to assist the White House to get Turkey to release American Pastor Andrew Bruson, who’s been imprisoned almost two years.
– Watch Video: VP Mike Pence threatens Erdogan
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
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Reports that a Turkish detainee in Israel was released as a result of a deal with the United States in return for the release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey are “completely baseless,” a senior Turkish official said on Friday.
WATCH: Neda Amin, who was given temporary refugee status in Turkey, thanks Israel for being granted asylum after Ankara threatened to deport her back to Iran for treason – ‘blogging in an Israeli newspaper.’
By Andrew Friedman/TPS
Neda Amin, the Iranian-born journalist who fled Iran in 2014 and was expelled from Turkey last month, arrived in Israel Thursday after being granted a special tourist visa by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.After she failed to show up for her flight on Monday, fears arose she might have been arrested by Turkish authorities who planned to extradite her to Iran. But after Jerusalem discreetly sought answers from Ankara, Turkish authorities clarified she will be allowed to leave, following which the Israeli consulate in Istanbul purchased a flight ticket for her. Continue Reading »
The Iranian journalist who’s been living with refugee status in Turkey, was given asylum in Israel after threats of being deported to Iran for treason, ‘spying for the Jewish State.’
– The circumstances surrounding Neda Amin’s disappearance are being investigated.
Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem confirmed Monday that Nada Amin, the Iranian journalist who was granted political asylum in Israel, remains in Turkey, and said they were looking into reports she was arrested trying to leave the country.Interior Minister Aryeh Deri granted Amin political asylum Sunday after reports surfaced that Turkey was planning to deport her to Iran. Continue Reading »
Investigative report lays out how Turkey is spending tens of millions in Jerusalem, forging ties with radical Islamist elements inside Israel who have harassed & physically assaulted Jews visiting the Temple Mount, just to stir up tension and undermine all attempts at coexistence.
By Uzi Baruch
Turkey is spending tens of millions of dollars to gain a foothold inside Israel’s capital city and to stir up tensions between Arab residents and Israelis, a new investigative report claims.
According to the report, set to be published in full by journalist Nadav Shragi this coming Friday in Yisrael Hashavua, since 2004 some $63 million from Turkish NGOs and the Turkish government have gone to organizations in eastern Jerusalem dedicated to “defending and strengthening the Muslim heritage and character of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
In a speech in Istanbul, the Turkish President claimed, “Israel kills children that play on the beach,” and condemned a new Israeli law that forbids the use of outdoor loud-speakers blasting the ‘call for prayer’ in residential areas from 11 p.m.- 7 a.m. threatening “a sufficient response to all who think to prevent the sound of the Muezzin in Al-Aksa and Jerusalem.”
By YASSER OKBI/ MAARIV HASHAVUA
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Monday that his nation will not stand idly by in regard to the silencing of the Muezzin in Jerusalem. Referencing the proposed Muezzin Bill.
“We will have a sufficient response to all who think to prevent the sound of the Muezzin in Al- Aksa and Jerusalem.” Continue Reading »
Welcoming a delegation of rabbis and politicians from Israel, a Muslim leader in Turkey encourages good relations with the Jews & Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.
By Israel Today Staff
The following is a press release from Turkish religious figure Adnan Oktar (pictured, center), who recently hosted a number of Israeli Jewish officials during Ramadan and very interestingly expressed his anticipation for the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Adnan Oktar and his harem of peace activists – Turkish media
Mr. Adnan Oktar, prominent Muslim opinion leader from Turkey, welcomed a delegation of rabbis and politicians from Israel for the iftardinner he hosted in Istanbul on June 22, 2016. Continue Reading »
Built in 1492, the world’s 3rd-largest synagogue had tightened security for its 3,000 guests attending its first Jewish wedding, in 41 years.
A historic synagogue in northwest Turkey was host to a Jewish wedding, its first in 41 years, on Sunday, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
Edirne Synagogue, Turkey
The recently renovated synagogue in Edirne was built in 1492 for Jews seeking refuge in the Ottoman Empire and is the third-largest in the world.
The event prompted tight security, with surrounding roads being closed and searches of guests. The synagogue also has a metal detector installed at the entrance. Continue Reading »