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  • Turkish PM saw Gaza raid as “grounds for war”

    September 12, 2011 | 9:25 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan saw “grounds for war” with Israel last year after a deadly raid on a Turkish ship headed for Gaza, according to a transcript of a recent interview.

    State news agency Anatolia released late on Sunday what it said was an original Turkish-language...

  • Erdogan: Turkish warships will escort aid vessels to Gaza

    September 8, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Turkey said on Thursday it would escort aid ships to Gaza and would not allow a repetition of last year’s Israeli raid that killed nine Turks, setting the stage for a potential naval confrontation with its former ally.

    Raising the stakes in Turkey’s row with Israel over its refusal...

  • Turkey suspends defense, trade ties with Israel

    September 6, 2011 | 8:17 am

    Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country has suspended defense industry ties with Israel and halted trade pending a decision on permanently suspending all trade.

    “Trade ties, military ties, regarding defense industry ties, we are completely suspending them. This...

  • Turkey vows to take legal action against Israel

    September 2, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Turkey said on Friday it will seek to prosecute all Israelis responsible for crimes committed during an Israeli raid on a ship bound for the Gaza Strip that killed nine Turks in May 2010.

    “Turkey will take legal actions against the Israeli soldiers and all other officials...

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  • Israel hopes to mend ties with Turkey, government official says

    September 2, 2011 | 10:03 am

    Israel will work to mend ties with Turkey, a government official said on Friday, after Ankara expelled the Israeli ambassador and suspended military agreements with the Jewish state, deepening a feud between the two former allies.

    Turkey’s announcement came the day after a U.N....

  • U.N. panel faults both sides in Gaza flotilla clash

    September 1, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    A long-awaited U.N. report on an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks declares that Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal, but that the Jewish state used unreasonable force.

    The report, made public Thursday, said Israeli commandos faced “organized...

  • Turkey issues apology ultimatum to Israel

    September 1, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Turkey’s foreign minister gave Israel one day to apologize for its 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla ship or the country would “resort to Plan B.”

    Ahmet Davutoglu said he would not agree to any more delays in the release of the United Nations-authored Palmer Report...

  • Lieberman: Israel’s rejection of apology to Turkey came too late

    August 17, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman praised the decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday not to apologize to Turkey for last year’s Gaza flotilla raid, but said Israel should have done so earlier.

    “It is a shame that we did not make this decision earlier,” Lieberman...

  • Participants call July flotilla a ‘success’

    By Ryan Torok

    August 17, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    Two participants in the July flotilla bound for Gaza called the effort a success, even though none of the ships reached their destination. The remarks were made during an Aug. 7 talk organized by L.A. Jews for Peace, the Levantine Cultural Center, Jewish Voice for Peace and Friends...

  • Israel will not apologize to Turkey, despite Clinton request

    August 17, 2011 | 8:43 am

    Israel will hold fast to its decision not to apologize to Turkey for its raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla ship, despite a direct request from the United States, Israeli officials reportedly said.

    Israeli media are citing unnamed Israeli officials as saying that Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • U.N.’s Mavi Marmara report postponed again

    July 25, 2011 | 10:13 am

    The United Nations deferred the release of its findings on Israel’s deadly seizure of a gazaGaza-bound Turkish ship to give Jerusalem and Ankara more time to mend fences.

    An inquiry set up by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had been due to publish a report on the 2010 Mavi...

  • Israel intercepts Gaza flotilla ship [VIDEO]

    July 19, 2011 | 9:06 am

    Israel’s Navy intercepted a French ship heading for Gaza, the only member of the pro-Palestinian flotilla to make it to the blockaded waters.

    The French-flagged Dignity al-Karama was boarded by Israeli Naval commandoes on Tuesday afternoon, five hours after the Navy first contacted...

  • Knesset suspends Arab lawmaker for flotilla participation

    July 18, 2011 | 9:11 am

    An Israeli-Arab lawmaker has been suspended from parliamentary debates for the rest of the term for sailing with last year’s flotilla to Gaza.

    Hanin Zoabi of the Balad Party was stripped of her parliamentary benefits by the Knesset Ethics Committee after three other lawmakers filed...

  • Peres thanks Greek president for stopping flotilla

    July 11, 2011 | 8:04 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres thanked his Greek counterpart for his country’s help in stopping a flotilla bound for Gaza.

    Peres hosted Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Monday in Jerusalem for a reception and a working meeting.

    “I genuinely thank you for fulfilling the...

  • Turkey PM: Israel must still apologize for last year’s Gaza flotilla raid

    July 8, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that it was “unthinkable” to normalize ties with Israel unless Israel apologized for the killing of nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists aboard the Mavi Marmara ship bound for the Gaza Strip last year.

    Erdogan also said...

  • ‘Flytilla’ protesters stopped at European airports

    July 8, 2011 | 8:53 am

    The first wave of Palestinian protesters who hoped to fly into Ben Gurion International Airport were mostly prevented from boarding planes in European airports.

    Hundreds of protesters were due to fly in this weekend for solidarity meetings with Palestinians in the West Bank. The...

  • French flotilla boat seized, U.S. activists end activities

    July 7, 2011 | 11:45 am

    A French boat that left a Greek port for Gaza earlier in the week was detained by the Greek coast guard, while a U.S. activist group has ended its activities.

    The French-flagged Dignity, a pleasure craft with eight passengers on board, was detained Thursday while refueling in Crete....

  • Israel, Turkey at odds over flotilla report

    July 7, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Reconciliation talks between Israel and Turkey reportedly have broken down over a United Nations report on the May 2010 flotilla to Gaza.

    The Palmer Report, completed Wednesday by a United Nations committee headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer, said Israel’s...

  • The Flotilla flop: International community stops provocateurs

    July 6, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    The “Free Gaza” Flotilla II campaign was a flop. Leaders of the international community essentially pulled the plug on what they recognized as a provocative and potentially dangerous anti-Israel publicity stunt.

    Flotilla organizers had planned to launch 10 to 15 ships with...

  • Gaza flotilla probe: IDF used excessive force but naval blockade legal

    July 6, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    The UN committee investigating the events of last May’s Gaza flotilla, headed by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Geoffrey Palmer, convened Wednesday in New York to conclude the report.

    According to a political source in Jerusalem, the final findings of the Palmer Report show...

  • Flotilla ship leaves Greek port

    July 6, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    The Swedish-flagged ship Juliano left Greece on its way to the Gaza Strip a day after it was turned back by the Greek coast guard.

    Some 20 activists are on board the vessel, which was damaged last week while sitting in a Greek port. Organizers blamed Israel for the problems.

    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...

  • Flotilla fails at sea, succeeds on the airwaves

    July 5, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    On the face of it, the so-called Gaza Freedom Flotilla seemed to be a bust.

    Greek authorities blocked most of the boats from setting sail for the Gaza Strip, and others experienced propeller problems that rendered them unseaworthy. On Tuesday, a small pleasure boat with eight...

  • One flotilla ship headed for Gaza, second turned back

    July 5, 2011 | 7:55 am

    A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.

    A small French boat with eight protesters on board left Greek waters Tuesday, the first vessel as part of a Gaza-bound flotilla attempting to break the Israeli naval...

  • 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...

  • A letter to Ambassadors Kaskarelis and Mitsialis

    July 3, 2011 | 6:45 pm

    Below is a letter sent from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis (Greek Embassy in Washington) andAmbassador Anastassis Mitsialis (Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nation):

    Dear Ambassadors Kaskarelis and Mitsialis,

    On behalf of the Jewish...

  • Gaza flotilla ships to set sail Monday, organizers say

    July 3, 2011 | 11:23 am

    All operational ships slated to participate in the Gaza-bond flotilla will depart on Monday, organizers said.

    It is still unknown exactly how many ships will set for Gaza with the stated goal of breaking Israel’s maritime blockade of the coastal strip.

    The American-flagged ship,...

  • Greece arrests captain of U.S. ship in Gaza flotilla

    July 2, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    Authorities in Greece say they have arrested the captain of an American boat that was to be part of the Gaza flotilla.

    The 60-year-old captain, whose name was not released by authorities, is being held at Piraeus police headquarters and will remain there until a court hearing Tuesday.

    Greece’s coast guard said Saturday the captain of the “Audacity of Hope” faces charges of trying to leave port without permission and of endangering the lives of the boat’s passengers. The latter charge is a felony.

    Read more at Haaretz.com

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu: Israel has every right to stop Gaza flotilla

    June 30, 2011 | 3:25 pm

    Israel is fully entitled to try to stop an upcoming flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-ruled enclave, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

    “Israel has the full right to operate against efforts to smuggle...

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