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  • Helen Thomas interviewer: Media whitewashes late journalist’s anti-Semitism

    July 30, 2013 | 9:23 am

    On June 1, 2010, the day after the Gaza flotilla incident in which nine Turkish militants were killed after attacking Israeli soldiers aboard the Mavi Marmara, famed reporter Helen Thomas didn’t hide her opinions about Israel in a briefing with White House Press Secretary Robert...

  • Turkey frees bird accused of spying for Israel

    July 26, 2013 | 10:54 am

    Turkish authorities detained a bird on suspicion it was spying for Israel, but freed it after X-rays showed it was not embedded with surveillance equipment, newspapers said on Friday.

    The kestrel aroused suspicion because of a metal ring on its foot carrying the words "24311 Tel...

  • Character reference: Wendy Greuel

    May 15, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    I have known Wendy Greuel for almost 30 years, since she was a young UCLA graduate working for Mayor Tom Bradley. Wendy didn’t just get the tough assignments in the mayor’s office; she sought them out — especially if she could help those less fortunate or those without a voice in...

  • Turkey’s prime minister set to visit Gaza

    May 8, 2013 | 10:43 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Political observers in Turkey expect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reaffirm his support for Palestinians with a visit this month to Gaza, marking the third anniversary of a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish aid flotilla...

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  • Israeli pols slam Kerry for marathon-Mavi Marmara comparison

    April 23, 2013 | 9:23 am

    Israeli lawmakers are condemning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's comparison of the Boston Marathon bombing victims to the 2010 deaths of Turkish citizens aboard the Mavi Marmara ship.

    Lawmakers from political parties on the right and left slammed Kerry's remarks of Sunday....

  • 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...

  • 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."...

  • It is time for Israel and Turkey to remember their deep common history

    February 25, 2013 | 11:44 am

    I am a Turkish Muslim and every time I have a conversation with an Israeli friend, they keep asking me why the relations between Israel and Turkey have reached such a nadir, why Turkey seemingly has an antagonistic stance against Israel.

    First of all, Turkey's being totally...

  • 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...

  • December 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2012 | 1:28 am

    In-depth

    Don’t Mess Up U.S.-Iran Sanctions

    Writing in Bloomberg, Lee Hamilton, Thomas Pickering and Anthony Zinni argue the case for caution in imposing even greater sanctions on Iran.

    Our leaders must weigh the easy and appealing course of ever-greater sanctions as a way...

  • Trial in absentia of Israeli commanders in Mavi Marmara raid

    November 8, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    A Turkish court began a trial in absentia for four Israeli military commanders responsible for the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship.

    The court case against former Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, as well as former navy Vice Adm. Eliezer Marom, ex-military intelligence chief Amos...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • ‘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...

  • 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,...

  • Turkish lawyer: Israel offered to pay Marmara victims $6 million

    May 24, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Israel offered to pay $6 million to victims of the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara, a Turkish lawyer said.

    Ramazan Ariturk, one of the lawyers representing 465 victims and victims’ relatives, told Reuters on Thursday that the Israeli government had made a proposal to him...

  • 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...

  • Dennis Kucinich decides to retire

    May 18, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) announced that he will not run for a House seat in Washington after losing the Democratic nomination for his seat in Ohio.

    “After careful consideration and discussions with Elizabeth and my closest friends, I have decided that, at this time, I can best...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu pledges to defend Marmara commandos

    September 4, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will defend its soldiers, accused by Turkey of unlawfully murdering its citizens aboard a Gaza-bound flotilla, “in every forum.”

    “We need not apologize for the fact that naval commandos defended their lives against an...

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