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  • 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...

  • U.S. tells Turkey of flotilla concerns

    June 3, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The Obama administration expressed to the Turkish government its concerns about the next Gaza aid flotilla.

    “We’ve been in consultation with the Turkish Government about this,” Mark Toner, the State Department spokesman, said on Wednesday. “We’ve shared our concerns.”


  • ‘Navy prepared to board flotilla ships if they don’t stop’

    May 31, 2011 | 8:03 am

    The Israel Navy is prepared to intercept and take control of the ships participating in the new flotilla to the Gaza Strip, a senior Navy officer said Tuesday on the anniversary of the IDF operation to stop the Mavi Marmara that ended in the death of nine Turkish nationals.

    “We will...

  • Turkey FM: We can’t stop upcoming aid flotilla to Gaza

    May 30, 2011 | 11:34 am

    Democratic governments cannot stop their citizens launching another aid flotilla to Gaza, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Monday, a year after the storming of an aid ship by Israeli marines.

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments on Friday to discourage the activists...

  • Congress members urge Turkey to prevent flotilla

    May 13, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    A bipartisan slate of U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers urged Turkey to do what it could to prevent another flotilla from reaching the Gaza Strip.

    The letter sent Wednesday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Tom Cole...

  • U.S. Congress members to Turkey’s Erdogan: Stop Gaza flotilla

    May 12, 2011 | 10:50 am

    Members of the U.S. Congress issued a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday in which they urge Turkey’s premier to stop the departure of another flotilla to the Gaza Strip.

    “We write today to express our serious concern over reports that the so-called...

  • Jewish cemetery in Turkey vandalized

    April 27, 2011 | 10:26 am

    Vandals smashed several headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Istanbul.

    The damage to the eight headstones and the periphery of the cemetery was discovered on Tuesday, the last day of Passover, in the Jewish cemetery in Beyoglu, Istanbul.

    Police said they would view security tapes from around the cemetery in an attempt to identify the vandals.

    About 20,000 Jews live in Turkey, with about 18,000 in Istanbul, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. There are 16 synagogues in Istanbul.

  • Obama urges Turkey’s Erdogan to improve Israel relations

    April 26, 2011 | 10:17 am

    President Obama urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to improve relations with Israel in the face of regional turmoil.

    “The President expressed his hope to Prime Minister Erdogan that Turkey and Israel will find opportunities to improve their relations in the interest...

  • Turkey to UN: We seized illegal Iran arms shipment en route to Syria

    March 31, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    Turkey has informed a UN Security Council panel that it seized a cache of weapons Iran was attempting to export in breach of a UN arms embargo, according to a document obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

    Security Council diplomats said the report of the seizure from an Iranian cargo...

  • Turkey holds first state rite marking Holocaust Day

    January 27, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    Turkey held its first state ceremony in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

    The ceremony reportedly was held Thursday, on International Holocaust Day, at the Neve Salom synagogue in Istanbul. Officials from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry and members of the local Jewish community...

  • 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...

  • Greece-Israel relations soar as ties with Turkey fade

    December 14, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Israel’s ambassador to Greece, Arye Mekel, was on the phone with a journalist earlier this month when the call came in that Israel’s Carmel region was up in flames. The Israeli prime minister needed to speak urgently with his Greek counterpart.

    Mekel quickly located Greek Prime...

  • Thanksgiving Day recipes from JewishJournal.com

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 19, 2010 | 11:34 am

    Delicious recipes from Jewish Journal staff friends and family.  Happy Thanksgiving!

    From the kitchen of Jeffrey Hensiek (and his father, Barry)

    Spinach Souffle

    1 package frozen chopped spinach
    3 eggs, beaten
    1 16 ounce container cottage cheese
    4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese...

  • Turkey declares Israel ‘central threat’

    October 31, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    Israel is seen as “a central threat to Turkey” in a policy paper written by Turkey’s National Security Council.

    At the same time, the security council removed Syria, Bulgaria, Georgia and Armenia, as well as Iran, from the list of countries that pose a threat to Turkey, according to...

  • Jewish official not implicated in Turkish sex yacht, spokesman says

    October 11, 2010 | 4:41 pm

    The Jewish organizational leader said to be detained on a Turkish sex yacht denied being arrested in the breakup of an alleged prostitution ring aboard the boat.

    A spokesman for Alexander Mashkevich, head of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, said Mashkevich was neither charged nor...

  • Turkey’s Adbullah Gul cancels meeting with Peres reportedly over flotilla

    September 20, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Turkey’s president canceled a meeting with Shimon Peres because Israel has not apologized for the flotilla incident, the Israeli president told reporters.

    Peres and Adbullah Gul were scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly opening session, but Gul said Monday...

  • 5770 in Israel: Diplomatic crises, but economic prosperity

    September 3, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    For Israel, the Jewish year 5770 was characterized by ups and downs in relations with the United States, growing international alienation and a virtual stalemate in Middle East peacemaking—until the summit meeting in Washington just before Rosh Hashanah.

    Last November, after months...

  • Israeli soldiers allegedly looted flotilla ships

    August 19, 2010 | 9:27 am

    An Israeli officer and soldier are suspected of selling goods they confiscated from the Gaza flotilla after the May raid.

    Military police are investigating whether an officer sold items to another soldier that were confiscated from the flotilla ships while they were docked in...

  • Turkey launches flotilla investigation

    August 12, 2010 | 11:28 am

    Turkey has launched its own investigation into Israel’s interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

    Working under the auspices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office, the commission will “investigate the attack and the treatment the activists faced” when Israel intercepted the...

  • Turkey reportedly closes airspace to Israel

    June 28, 2010 | 11:04 am

    Turkey’s prime minister said his country has closed its airspace to Israeli planes.

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Monday during the G-20 summit in Toronto that the airspace was closed following Israel’s May 31 interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla in which nine passengers, all...

  • A Jew in Turkey

    June 25, 2010 | 11:22 am

    From startribune.com:

    Preparing for my trip to Istanbul for an interfaith meeting, I was nervous about the challenging encounters that awaited me. Convened by the World Council of Churches, the meeting’s focus was, “Christian Self-Understanding in the Context of Judaism.” Two...

  • ADL, B’nai B’rith boycott Turkey meeting

    June 16, 2010 | 12:42 pm

    At least two Jewish groups are boycotting a meeting requested by Turkey’s ruling party.

    Top lawmakers and administration officials affiliated with the AKP Party were in Washington Wednesday to meet with Obama administration officials and U.S. lawmakers. They added a meeting with...

  • Israeli defense employees recalled from Turkey

    June 15, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Two Israeli defense contractors recalled their employees from Turkey.

    Israel Aerospace Industries and Elbit Systems Ltd. over the weekend ordered back to Israel engineers and flight instructors working with the Turkish military to teach them how to operate the Heron unmanned aerial...

  • Israeli sarcasm, building bike trails, avoiding Turkey

    June 14, 2010 | 11:15 am

    Here are some stories over the past few days from Israel that you may have missed.

    Israeli researchers invent sarcasm detector. Really.

    It’s no joke: Hebrew University researchers have invented algorithms that can detect sarcasm in text loaded into a computer.

    The sarcasm...

  • ZOA wants inquiry into Turkey

    June 4, 2010 | 9:55 am

    The Zionist Organization of America called for an investigation of Turkey’s role in this week’s flotilla incident.

    Israeli commandoes raided an aid flotilla headed for Gaza on Monday. Nine activists aboard the main ship were killed and seven Israeli soldiers were wounded in the...

  • With flotilla deaths, Turkey may be near tipping point on Israel

    June 1, 2010 | 12:36 pm

    While Turkey and Israel have seen their once-close relationship deteriorate steadily for the past few years, the Israeli commando raid of a Turkish-led flotilla heading for Gaza, in which several Turks were killed, marks a dangerous new low in the two countries’ relations.

  • ‘Noah’s Ark’ found in Turkey, evangelical group claims

    April 27, 2010 | 2:29 pm

    From NYDailynews.com:

    A group of evangelical explorers claim they have found evidence of Noah’s Ark (not pictured) on Mount Ararat in Turkey.

    Noah shepherded them through the flood, two by two, and ended up in Turkey.

    That’s what a group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical...

  • Turkey emerging as a wild card on Iran

    April 14, 2010 | 12:55 pm

    As an American-led consensus appears to be developing around the need for a new round of sanctions to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, Turkey—a U.S. ally and NATO member—is emerging as something of a wild card on the issue.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan calls for diplomacy with Iran

    April 6, 2010 | 11:22 am

    Turkey’s prime minister said diplomacy, not sanctions, is the only way to solve the current crisis over Iran’s nuclear program.

    The remarks by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview published Tuesday by the French newspaper Le Figaro, come a day after Erdogan...

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