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  • Israel orders defense pact with Turkey canceled

    December 22, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    The Israeli government has ordered two national defense companies to cancel a more than $140 million contract with Turkey.

    Under the deal, Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries would have provided airborne surveillance systems to the Turkish Air Force.

    The deal reportedly...

  • Arab League cracks down on Syria

    December 1, 2011 | 10:21 am

    The Arab League stepped up sanctions against Syria over its violent suppression of a popular revolt.

    The Cairo-based umbrella group of Arab countries, which last month expelled Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, announced a travel ban Thursday against 17 Syrian VIPs. Assad...

  • [UPDATE] Rockets fired across Lebanon, Israel border

    November 29, 2011 | 9:40 am

    An exchange of rocket fire hit the Lebanese-Israeli border Tuesday in the first such incident since 2009, coming at a time of heightened regional tensions over Syria and Iran’s nuclear program.

    UNIFIL, the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, said at least one rocket was fired at...

  • Israel provides housing aid to Turkey

    November 18, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Israel sent housing assistance for up to 1,000 people in Turkey afected by two earthquakes that hit the country in October.

    The mobile homes, which were requested by the government in Ankara, were delivered by the Defense Ministry on Friday morning, the Jerusalem Post reported.


  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 earthquake: How you can help

    October 24, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    If your organization is involved in helping victims of the Turkish earthquake and you would like it included in our list, please email pertinent information to webmaster@jewishjournal.com.


    In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in eastern...

  • 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,...

  • More than 100 dead, hundreds missing after Turkey earthquake [UPDATE]

    October 23, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    [UPDATE: 5:22 p.m.]

    More than 100 people were confirmed killed and hundreds more feared dead on Sunday when a powerful earthquake hit southeast Turkey, flattening buildings and leaving survivors crying for help from under the rubble.

    As a cold night fell, survivors and emergency...

  • Turkey: no call yet for foreign aid after quake

    October 23, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    Turkey has not yet made any call for international assistance after Sunday’s powerful earthquake in which many people were feared killed, a Foreign Ministry official said.

    The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Turkey had received offers of assistance from dozens of...

  • Ehud Barak says Turkey declined Israeli aid offer

    October 23, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday Ankara has declined aid offered by the Jewish state after an earthquake struck southeast Turkey.

    “I am under the impression the Turks do not want our help,” Barak told Channel 2 News.

    “Right now (their answer) is negative but if...

  • Israel prepares earthquake aid for Turkey

    October 23, 2011 | 1:25 pm

    Israel has offered to send aid to Turkey following a strong earthquake that has collapsed buildings and reportedly left hundreds dead.

    The scope of the aid in response to the earthquake that hit southeastern Turkey early Sunday will depend on Turkey’s willingness to accept it,...

  • 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...

  • Opinion: It’s time to stand up to Erdogan

    September 19, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    When Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the United Nations this week, he likely will repeat his demand that the world body “raise the Palestinian flag” without acknowledging that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refuses to negotiate with Israeli Prime...

  • U.S. urges Turkey not to worsen Israel ties

    September 19, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    The United States urged Turkey on Monday not to do anything to worsen its relationship with Israel, U.S. officials said on Monday, seeking to prevent relations between two U.S. allies from deteriorating further.

    One official offered no details but may have been alluding to the...

  • Turkey veto threat nixed Israeli NATO initiative

    September 19, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Turkey’s foreign minister said his country threatened to veto an Israeli initiative in NATO in an effort to hurt Israel in international forums.

    Ahmet Davutoglu reportedly told CNN Turk in an interview Sunday that Turkey had threatened to veto Israel’s recent effort to open a NATO...

  • Obama to discuss Israel with Turkey’s Erdogan

    September 16, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan at the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week and urge him to repair relations with Israel to mend a damaging split between two key U.S. allies in the region.

    White House National Security Council...

  • Israel soccer team playing in Turkey, despite tensions

    September 15, 2011 | 11:25 am

    An Israeli soccer team arrived in Istanbul to play a Turkish team, despite tensions between the two countries.

    The Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer team landed Wednesday night amid heavy security. Turkish protesters waved Palestinian flags and chanted anti-Israel slogans outside the hotel in...

  • Cartoon: The new blocks on the block

    By Steve Greenberg

    September 14, 2011 | 12:30 pm


  • 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...

  • New Turkish ID system will allow attacks on Israeli targets

    September 13, 2011 | 11:32 am

    A new identification system will allow Turkish fighter jets to fire on Israeli targets.

    The Identification Friend or Foe system is set to be put on all Turkish fighter jets, which are U.S.-made F-16 fighter jets, Turkish media reported Tuesday.

    The new identification system...

  • 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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