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  • Erdogan angers U.S., Israel, Egypt with Morsi defense

    August 20, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan angered Ankara's U.S. ally, as well as regional leaders in Egypt and Israel, by accusing Israel on Tuesday of helping overthrow Cairo's Islamist president.

    The White House called the remarks "offensive".

    Erdogan, who has become one of...

  • June 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 13, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline: Bill Clinton splits with Obama on Syria

    To Read: FP's Gayle Tzemach Lemmon gives an update on the Syria intervention debate in Washington ('The Washington intervention war', as Foreign Policy call it)-

     But even if the White House is not primed for a...

  • June 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2013 | 3:39 am

    The US

    Headline: AP Sources: US Close to OK on Arming Syrian Rebels

    To Read: Could Susan Rice's vow to 'never let there be another Rwanda' be a problematic one? Paul Pillar believes it is-

    A contrast to such careful lesson-drawing is the never-again, I'll-go-down-in-flames...

  • President Obama, is Turkey a Democracy?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 7:51 am

    If you had a chance to take a look at our new Israel Factor survey you might have noticed that besides the questions related to presidential candidates, we also included a question on policy: "Please rank the Obama administration’s policy on the following topics from 1 (terrible...

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  • June 4, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 4, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The US

    Headline: Syria conflict: US may leave F-16s and missiles in Jordan

    To Read: Russia Specialist Nikolai Gvosdev writes about the exceptionally tricky US-Russia dispute over Syria-

    If, however, the S-300s are operational and the United States does begin efforts to...

  • June 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. will drop peace process if Israelis, Palestinians aren't serious, senior American official warns

    To Read: Sarah Chayes points out that, besides actually using force, the only measures the US has ever taken in the Middle East have all been aimed at...

  • May 16, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 16, 2013 | 3:08 am

    The US

    Headline: Turkey leader to press Obama for greater U.S. role on Syria

    To Read: Aaron David Miller criticizes the incessant demands for Obama to 'demonstrate his leadership' in the Middle East-

    We have a ridiculously cardboard -- even cartoonish -- view of...

  • May 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 13, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline: UK's Cameron on U.S. trip to learn Boston lessons, discuss Syria

    To Read: According to Jordan Chandler Hirsch and Sam Kleiner, whether you are in favor of increased US involvement in Middle East affairs or against it, Israel is the answer-

    Iran, to be...

  • May 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 10, 2013 | 3:40 am

    The US

    Headline: Syria conflict: US says Assad can have no post-war role

    To Read: Robert Kaplan believes that the constant and unbearable media pressure and scrutiny Obama has been under may very well be hurting the quality of US policy discussion about Syria (and about foreign...

  • Ergogan disregards Kerry request to postpone Gaza visit

    April 22, 2013 | 7:24 am

    Turkey's prime minister will go ahead with a planned visit next month to Gaza, despite a request from US Secretary of State John Kerry to postpone.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly refused Kerry's request Sunday to postpone the visit, during a meeting between the two leaders in...

  • Injured Turks will sue Israeli soldiers despite Bibi’s apology

    April 9, 2013 | 7:55 am

    Turkish nationals injured in Israel's raid on the Mavi Marmara said they will sue Israeli soldiers and their commanders despite Israel's apology.

    "We will continue with the criminal lawsuits we have opened against the Israeli soldiers and commanders, and we won't accept dropping...

  • Apology? Extortion.

    By Ariel Blumenthal

    March 24, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    On Thursday, as President Obama was getting ready to deliver his vision of peace to Israeli students, the alternative to that vision was typically expressed by a rocket attack from Gaza. On Thursday morning the contrast between the two visions was clearly illustrated; Just a day...

  • Turkey says Israel has relaxed restrictions on imports to Palestinian areas

    March 22, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Turkish counterpart on Friday that Israel had "substantially" lifted restrictions on the entry of civilian goods into the Palestinian territories, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said.

    "Prime Minister Netanyahu ... noted that Israel had substantially lifted the restrictions on the entry of civilian goods into the Palestinian territories, including Gaza, and that this would continue as long as calm prevailed," a statement said.

    Reporting by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Pravin Char

  • Obama brokers Israel-Turkey rapprochement

    March 22, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Israel apologized to Turkey on Friday for killing nine Turkish citizens in a 2010 naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and both feuding U.S. allies agreed to normalize relations in a surprise breakthrough announced by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    The rapprochement could help...

  • Israel, Turkey to normalize ties after Israeli apology for 2010 flotilla raid

    March 22, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to normalize relations after Netanyahu apologized and agreed to compensation for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish-flagged ship that left nine Turks dead.

    The two men talked on...

  • Turkish Prime Minister

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 7, 2013 | 6:29 am

  • Kerry: Turkish PM’s Zionism comments ‘objectionable’

    March 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday the United States found a comment by Turkey's prime minister, likening Zionism to crimes against humanity, "objectionable", overshadowing their talks on the crisis in neighboring Syria.

    Kerry, on his first trip to a Muslim nation since...

  • February 28, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 28, 2013 | 3:29 am

    The US

    Headline:  US to Bolster Support for Syria Rebels, Kerry Says

    To Read: According to Walter Russell Mead, excessive public US vacillation about Syria sends a problematic message to the World-

    Months of American dithering over Syria has convinced Iran that the US is a...

  • July 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 12, 2012 | 3:03 am

    In-depth

    Mearsheimer and Zakheim Discuss “Why Iran Should Get the Bomb”

    Foreign Affairs presents a debate by John Mearsheimer and Dov Zakheim focusing on a controversial piece by Kenneth Waltz in which he argues that Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons.

    Waltz wrote:

    ...
  • May 13, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 13, 2012 | 1:54 am

    Erdogan’s Next Move

    The Turkish prime minister is apparently trying to consolidate his power, writes ‎Andrew Finkel in the New York Times, but is it the right move for Turkey? ‎

    This week, Erdogan said that Turks should begin debating a move from the current ‎parliamentary...

  • March 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 26, 2012 | 5:38 am

    Will the UN’s West Bank probe be Goldstone all over again?

    Israel would be better off cooperating with the UN Human Rights Council and possibly avoiding a similar palaver to the Gaza war probe, writes Raphael Ahren in the Times of Israel.

    Jerusalem did not learn any lesson from...

  • Seven Jewish lawmakers press Obama on Turkey

    November 3, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    Seven Jewish House members urged President Obama to conduct an intensive review of the country’s relationship with Turkey.

    “It appears that our long-standing ally in Ankara is drifting toward confrontation with our closest friends and allies,” said the letter sent Wednesday by the...

  • Turkey’s FM: Tension with Israel won’t change over aid

    October 27, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Diplomatic tension between Turkey and Israel will continue despite Israeli earthquake aid to the stricken country, Turkey’s foreign minister said.

    Ahmet Davutoglu told the Turkish news service Today’s Zaman that “political conditions remain,” and Ankara will not change its...

  • Rescuers battle to find Turkey quake survivors, save baby

    October 25, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Rescuers pulled a two-week-old baby girl alive from the arms of her mother buried under a collapsed building on Tuesday as a search continued for survivors from a quake in eastern Turkey that killed at least 366 people and left thousands homeless.

    Hope of finding people alive under...

  • Netanyahu offers quake aid to Turkey

    October 24, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Monday to offer condolences for those killed in a devastating earthquake and said the Jewish state was ready to help, officials of both countries said.

    Relations between Israel and Turkey have...

  • Turkey quake kills at least 279, hundreds missing [UPDATE]

    October 24, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    [UPDATE: 10:43 a.m.]

    Rescuers searched the rubble of collapsed buildings Monday for survivors and victims of a major earthquake that killed at least 279 people and injured more than 1,300 in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

    Rescue and relief efforts focused on the city of Van and...

  • Turkey rejects earthquake aid offers, including Israel’s

    October 24, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Turkey has rejected all international aid, including an Israeli offer, in the wake of a strong earthquake that collapsed buildings and left hundreds dead.

    Sunday’s temblor, which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale and was centered in southeastern Turkey, was felt in central Tel Aviv,...

  • Erdogan’s blood libel against the Jewish State

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    October 4, 2011 | 11:32 am

    The Jewish debt to the Turks goes back centuries when the Ottomans took in thousands of Jewish refugees after the Spanish and Portuguese expulsions of 1492 and 1497. Moreover, when Israel was shunned for decades by nearly every Muslim country, it was Turkey that was Israel’s...

  • Turkey IDs Israeli soldiers, commanders in ship’s raid

    September 26, 2011 | 9:40 am

    A list of 174 Israeli soldiers and commanders involved in the May 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara ship as it attempted to break the Gaza blockade, was given to Turkish prosecutors.

    The list includes the soldiers in the Shayetet 13 commando unit, as well as their commanders, including...

  • Turkish PM throws weight behind Arab cause

    September 13, 2011 | 9:24 am

    Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threw Turkey’s weight behind a Palestinian bid for statehood and criticized Israel in an address to Arab states meeting in Cairo geared to buttress his image as a leader of a region in turmoil.

    Erdogan is touring Arab states to capitalize on Arab regard...

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