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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....

  • 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...

  • Turkey to return confiscated Jewish property

    August 29, 2011 | 10:57 am

    The Turkish government announced it will return property confiscated from Jews and Christians over the past seven decades.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday told the leaders of 150 Jewish and Christian foundations of the government order during a Ramadan...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 30 reported dead in Syria even as Turkey joins global condemnation of Assad regime

    August 9, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Syrian forces killed at least 30 civilians in tank assaults on Tuesday and moved into a town near the Turkish border, activists and witnesses said, even as Turkey’s foreign minister pressed President Bashar Assad to halt assaults on protests against his rule.

    The Syrian National...

  • Resignations of key Turkish army officials concern Israel

    August 1, 2011 | 10:04 am

    Israeli officials reportedly are concerned over the resignation of the head of the Turkish armed forces and three other senior officers.

    “This move plays right into the hands of Islamic extremists and Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan,” an unnamed official told the Ynet Israeli news...

  • Mullen upbeat on Israel-Turkey ties

    July 26, 2011 | 12:12 pm

    The outgoing U.S. military chief voiced confidence in the survival of Israeli-Turkish ties.

    Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked during a news conference Monday about the regional ramifications should Jerusalem and Ankara not manage to mend relations...

  • Lieberman won’t bolt gov’t if Israel apologizes to Turkey

    July 24, 2011 | 6:20 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman toned down his opposition to a proposed rapprochement with Turkey.

    With Israeli officials indicating that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may opt to mollify the Turks in exchange for their agreement not to prosecute naval personnel in...

  • No quick reconciliation for Israel-Turkey ties, but Turkey rethinking rift

    July 13, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    The Turkey-Israel relationship is not out of the woods just yet.

    After some positive signs in recent weeks that the once-close allies were moving to repair the rift that ripped wide open last year after nine Turks were killed by Israeli forces in a confrontation on a Gaza-bound...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan, others hint at Jewish control of media

    June 7, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Turkish leaders including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Israel and its supporters for what they said was international media hostility to the country’s ruling party.

    “This international media, as they are supported by Israel, would not be happy with the continuation of...

  • 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.”

    Activists...

  • ‘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...

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