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  • A work unworthy of Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker

    By Michael Berenbaum

    August 14, 2013 | 11:41 am

    What is a reviewer to do when a truly gifted writer writes a genuinely awful book?

    I suspect that I was invited to write this review because the editor suspected that I might be open to the author’s experience, moved by the power of her words, and might not dismiss her critique...

  • 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...

  • Turkey, Israel reconciliation far from fact

    April 9, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Just before President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One to leave Israel on a windy Friday afternoon last month, he made a dramatic announcement. Flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama announced that Israel had apologized to Turkey for the deaths of...

  • 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...

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  • Accepting an apology graciously

    March 28, 2013 | 2:49 pm

    "Turkey was the first to recognize Israel from the Muslim world. Since the 15th Century, Turkey was a shelter for the Jewish people. I can think of about 1,000 reasons why Turkey and Israel should be friends. There is an affinity in history; there is a closeness in geography."...

  • After Mideast trip, Obama gains political capital. Will he spend it?

    March 25, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    For a trip that U.S. officials had cautioned was not about getting “deliverables,” President Obama’s apparent success during his Middle East trip at getting Israel and Turkey to reconcile has raised some hopes for a breakthrough on another front: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    ...
  • Israel seizes pro-Palestinian activist ship off Gaza

    October 20, 2012 | 8:08 am

    The Israeli navy seized an international pro-Palestinian activist ship on the Mediterranean high seas on Saturday to prevent it breaching Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, a military spokeswoman said.

    She said no one was hurt when marines boarded the SV Estelle, a three-mast...

  • Israel goes to U.N. in effort to halt Gaza-bound ship

    October 18, 2012 | 8:16 am

    Israel asked the United Nations to stop a Swedish-owned ship carrying human rights activists from attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

    Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, called the ship Estelle a "provocation" that "raises tensions and could...

  • Swedish flotilla ship heading for Gaza sails from Italy

    October 8, 2012 | 9:57 am

    A Swedish ship carrying human rights activists attempting to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza left from Italy.

    The Estelle, carrying 17 activists from countries including Canada, Norway, Sweden, Israel  and the United States, sailed from the port at Naples on Saturday. The...

  • Mavi Marmara victims’ families sue Israel

    October 8, 2012 | 9:33 am

    Relatives of nine Turkish citizens killed in the raid aboard the Mavi Marmara ship filed a lawsuit against Israel, according to Turkish reports.

    The lawsuit was filed last Friday in a Turkish court by more than 30 relatives of Turkish citizens killed in the May 31, 2010 raid, as...

  • Flotilla sponsor tweets that Zionists helped perpetrate the Holocaust

    October 4, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The founder of the Free Gaza Movement, which uses flotillas in trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, tweeted that Zionists were responsible for the Holocaust, then apologized.

    Greta Berlin tweeted that she meant to post the tweet to her private Facebook account rather than...

  • Israeli court dismisses charges in Rachel Corrie civil suit

    August 28, 2012 | 8:42 am

    An Israeli court dismissed all charges against the state in a civil suit brought by the parents of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza after being run over by an Israeli military bulldozer.

    In his verdict Tuesday, Haifa District Court Judge Oded Gershon ruled that...

  • ‘No reason’ to apologize for Mavi Marmara incident, Lieberman tells Turkish journalists

    July 24, 2012 | 1:18 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Turkish journalists that Israel has “no reason to apologize” for the Mavi Marmara incident.

    Lieberman in a meeting Sunday with the journalists in Jerusalem said that Israel is ready to discuss the incident and would consider the issue...

  • NGOs call on Israel to lift Gaza blockade

    June 14, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    Some 50 nongovernmental organizations called on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

    “For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law,” the groups said in a petition issued Thursday. “More than half of...

  • Israel mishandled Gaza flotilla incident, comptroller report finds

    June 13, 2012 | 8:12 am

    Israel’s State Comptroller issued a report highly critical of the government’s handling of the Mavi Marmara Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza in 2010.

    The report, issued Wednesday on the eve of Micha Lindenstrauss’ leaving his position, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

  • Thousands in Istanbul rally against Israel

    June 1, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Thousands of Turks in Istanbul rallied against Israel Thursday, marking the second anniversary of an Israel Defense Forces raid on the Mavi Marmara ship that was part of a flotilla that claimed to be carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza.

    Israel had determined that the flotilla was...

  • Turkish criminal court accepts indictments against Israeli commanders

    May 29, 2012 | 9:08 am

    A Turkish criminal court accepted indictments against the four top Israeli commanders who led the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.

    İstanbul’s 7th High Criminal Court on Monday unanimously accepted the indictment submitted last week by a special Turkish prosecutor,...

  • Turkey prepares indictments against 4 Israeli commanders over flotilla incident

    May 23, 2012 | 8:26 am

    A special prosecutor in Istanbul has prepared indictments against the four top Israeli commanders who led the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ship.

    The 144-page indictment seeks 10 aggravated life jail sentences for each commander, including former Israeli Defense Forces...

  • Turkey ready to issue indictments in Marmara incident

    May 9, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Turkish government prosecutors have completed their investigation into the incident aboard the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara in 2010.

    The prosecutors have requested from Israel’s Foreign Ministry the names of the Israeli soldiers to be listed on the indictment, Turkish Justice Minister...

  • Turkey says Israel not welcome at NATO summit

    April 23, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Turkey blocked the participation of Israel in next month’s NATO Summit in Chicago, a Turkish newspaper reported.

    Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vetoed Israel’s participation during a NATO foreign ministers meeting last week in Brussels, the Hurriyet Daily News reported...

  • Case closed against Israeli flotilla participants

    December 22, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Israel’s attorney general has closed the case against Israelis who participated in the 2010 Gaza flotilla.

    Yehuda Weinstein ended the case against Israeli-Arab lawmaker Hanin Zoabi and other Israeli nationals over “significant evidence-based and legal difficulties,” the Justice...

  • Australian lawmaker’s call against Israel criticized

    November 7, 2011 | 10:15 am

    The head of Australian Jewry scolded a left-wing parliamentarian who demanded that an Australian member of a Gaza-bound flotilla be immediately released.

    Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Dr. Danny Lamm chastized Greens Sen. Lee Rhiannon Monday after she called on the...

  • Israel government, security services websites down in suspected cyber-attack [VIDEO]

    November 6, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Several Israeli government websites crashed on Sunday in what appeared to be a cyber-attack by hackers. The websites of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet security services were among the sites that went down, as well as several government portals and ministries.

    The apparent attack...

  • Israeli navy intercepts Gaza-bound boats

    November 4, 2011 | 9:23 am

    The Israeli navy Friday boarded two boats carrying pro-Palestinian activists toward the Gaza Strip in a fresh challenge to Israel’s blockade of the Islamist-controlled territory.

    The military said in a statement that the Canadian “Tahrir” and Irish “Saoirse” vessels, which had 27...

  • 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...

  • Israel ready to stop boats heading for Gaza

    November 2, 2011 | 2:42 pm

    The Israeli navy will prevent two yachts carrying pro-Palestinian activists which left Turkey on Wednesday from breaching an Israeli blockade and reaching the Gaza Strip, an Israeli military official said.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich, speaking to reporters by telephone,...

  • Israel to send quake aid to Turkey [UPDATE]

    October 25, 2011 | 6:10 pm

    Israel said on Tuesday it was launching an airlift of supplies to help Turkey cope with a devastating earthquake, following a request from Ankara, with a first shipment of prefabricated homes destined for shipment on Wednesday.

    Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Ankara had sought the...

  • 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...

  • U.N. experts say Israel’s blockade of Gaza illegal

    September 13, 2011 | 6:32 pm

    Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip violates international law, a panel of human rights experts reporting to a U.N. body said on Tuesday, disputing a conclusion reached by a separate U.N. probe into Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.

    The so-called Palmer Report on the...

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