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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Israel to allow Turkish construction material into Gaza

    February 12, 2013 | 7:38 am

    Israel has agreed to allow Turkish trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip for the construction of a hospital.

    The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday that the construction of the Turkish-Palestine Friendship Hospital, which it called "the most symbolic...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu orders pro-Palestinian ‘fly-in’ activists be stopped

    July 6, 2011 | 8:36 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the country’s security services to prevent pro-Palestinian fly-in activists from entering the country.

    “Every country has the right to prevent the entry of provocateurs into its borders,” Netanyahu said Wednesday at Ben Gurion...

  • Greek coast guard seizes Canadian ship bound for Gaza

    July 4, 2011 | 9:42 am

    The Canadian ship “Tahrir”, participating in the flotilla to Gaza, attempted to depart Monday from the Greek port of Piraeus, but was intercepted by the Greek coast guard shortly after departure.

    The Greek coast guard boarded the Canadian ship after the Greek authorities had banned...

  • Flotilla delayed until next week

    July 1, 2011 | 10:36 am

    Activists have delayed a protest flotilla to the Gaza Strip until next week.

    The flotilla, comprised of nine boats—including one from the United States—was to set have set sail this week from Greece, with the aim of bringing attention to Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza.

    Activists...

  • Flotilla organizers accusing Israel of sabotaging second ship

    June 30, 2011 | 8:55 am

    Organizers of the Gaza-bound flotilla accused Israel of sabotaging a second ship, though they have no proof of this claim.

    The engine of the Irish-flagged ship “Saoirse” was seriously damaged Wednesday while docked in Turkey’s territorial waters, Haaretz reporter Amira Hass, who is...

  • An Irish view of Gaza

    June 28, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    What is it about Israel that prompts such a widespread departure from common sense, reason and moral reality? As another insane flotilla prepares to butt across the Mediterranean bringing “aid” to the “beleaguered” people of Gaza, in its midst traveling the Irish MV Saoirse,...

  • Activists, Israeli Navy prepare for flotilla bound for Gaza

    June 28, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Israel’s Navy is preparing to intercept the pro-Palestinian flotilla due to set sail for the Gaza Strip from Mediterranean ports later this week.

    Commandos from the Israeli Navy’s elite Shayetet 13 unit have spent weeks preparing to stop the flotilla from reaching Gaza, including...

  • Israel drops threats to journalists who participate in Gaza flotilla

    June 27, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli authorities to formulate a special procedure for journalists who are arrested on board the Gaza flotilla.

    The order Monday came a day after the head of Israel’s Government Press Office threatened to deny entry to the country for ten...

  • Halt Gaza flotilla, Israel’s Security Cabinet orders military

    June 27, 2011 | 11:14 am

    Israel’s Security Cabinet ordered the Israel Defense Forces to prevent the upcoming flotilla to Gaza from reaching the coastal strip.

    The inner cabinet, which is made up of senior members, on Monday also directed the Foreign Ministry to continue its diplomatic efforts to stop the...

  • Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

    June 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The U.S. government is considering to offer Turkey a deal in which Ankara would stop a second Gaza flotilla that is due to depart later this month in exchange for the opportunity to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported...

  • Israel must explore all fronts to stop new flotilla, Netanyahu orders

    April 27, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Israel must continue diplomatic efforts to prevent a new Gaza flotilla, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu met Wednesday with his inner Cabinet, called the Forum of Seven, to discuss ways to thwart the new flotilla, which reportedly has been delayed until after June...

  • Gaza blockade legal, Israeli commission finds

    January 24, 2011 | 9:31 am

    The Israeli commission of inquiry into the Israeli Navy’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla found that the naval blockade of Gaza does not break international law.

    The Turkel Commission also found that Israeli soldiers acted in self-defense on board the Mavi Marmara, which...

  • Netanyahu: Israel will not apologize to Turkey

    December 28, 2010 | 9:54 am

    Israel will not apologize to Turkey for the interception of and loss of life on board a Gaza-bound ship.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview on national television Monday night that Israel would express regret, however.

    “We need to understand that they want an...

  • Israeli soldier jailed for stealing from Marmara

    October 18, 2010 | 10:29 am

    An Israeli soldier who stole electronic equipment from an intercepted ship bound for Gaza was sentenced to jail.

    The soldier was sentenced under a plea bargain Monday by an Israeli military court to five months in jail. He also was fined and demoted for removing the items from the...

  • Israel, groups slam flotilla report

    September 27, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    Israel and Jewish defense groups slammed a U.N. Human Rights Council report accusing Israel of breaking international law when it intercepted a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

    The report, which was released Sept. 22, called the actions by Israeli naval commandos when they boarded the...

  • Viennese Jews facing harassment over flotilla

    June 17, 2010 | 10:12 am

    Jews in Vienna reportedly have been facing almost daily harassment since Israel’s deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

    Ariel Muzicant, president of the Viennese Jewish community, told the Austrian national public broadcaster ORF that members of the Jewish community have...