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  • Arab rifts may complicate search for Gaza truce

    July 21, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    The push for a Gaza ceasefire risks becoming mired in a regional tussle for influence between conservative Arab states and Islamist-friendly governments, with rival powers competing to take credit for a truce, analysts and some officials say.

    The main protagonists are Arab...

  • Israel cuts diplomatic presence in Turkey amid protests

    July 18, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador's residence in Ankara.

    The Israeli Foreign Ministry...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘tyranny,’ likens Israeli MP to Hitler

    July 15, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Israel of "terrorizing the region" with its bombardment of Gaza and likened an Israeli politician to Hitler in a broadside likely to further strain fragile relations between the two countries.

    Israel on Tuesday resumed its...

  • Turkey’s Islamists protest, Gezi Park rioters draw police

    By Simone Wilson

    June 4, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    A growing divide between secular and religious factions in Turkey was starkly illustrated by two crosstown protests in Istanbul on May 31.

    The first, covered minute-to-minute by the international media, was held to mark the first anniversary of Turkey’s historic anti-government...

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  • Turkish paper links Jews to coal mine disaster

    May 21, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    A pro-government Turkish newspaper is coming under fire for a headline linking Jews to the coal mine disaster in Soma that killed over 100 people.

    The headline in Tuesday’s Yeni Akit criticized the owner of the Soma Coal Mine Company for having a Jewish son-in-law. According to...

  • Hopes fade for survivors after Turkish mine fire kills more than 274

    May 14, 2014 | 10:38 am

    Hopes faded of finding more survivors in a coal mine in western Turkey on Wednesday, where 274 workers were confirmed killed and more than 90 more still feared to be trapped in what is likely to prove the nation's worst ever industrial disaster.

    Anger over the deadly fire at the...

  • Peres sends condolences to Turkey for mine tragedy

    May 14, 2014 | 10:13 am

    Israel’s embassy in Turkey canceled a celebration of Israel’s Independence Day following the deadly mine collapse in Turkey.

    Israeli President Shimon Peres also sent a letter of condolence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the mine collapse Wednesday in Manisa...

  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • Turkish forces seize suspected hijacker on plane in Istanbul, media

    February 7, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Turkish special forces seized a passenger who is suspected of making a bomb threat and trying to hijack a plane, demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, CNN Turk and other Turkish media said on Friday.

    Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany the Pegasus...

  • NATO says Turkey no longer balks at missile shield helping Israel

    January 15, 2014 | 11:34 am

    Turkey has accepted assurances a planned NATO missile defense system in which it is playing a part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance's deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.

    Alexander Vershbow said objections by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's...

  • Simon Wiesenthal Center’s top 10 anti-Semitic, anti-Israel slurs of 2013

    December 30, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    1. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of Iran

    “Rabid dog … its leaders … cannot be called human”

    Even as the world’s top diplomats celebrated a tentative nuclear/sanctions deal that many believe will not stop Iran’s capacity to go nuclear, few leaders condemned Supreme...
  • Chanukah at the White House

    By Rob Eshman

    December 6, 2013 | 3:36 pm

    My new favorite way to celebrate Chanukah is lighting candles with Barack Obama.

    The White House Chanukah Party was held Dec 5, a day after Chanukah.  It was my first time attending the annual event, which President George W. Bush began in 2001.  I don’t expect it’s one of those...

  • Five Ways to Break the Rules this Thanksgivukkah

    By Elana Horwich

    November 22, 2013 | 9:00 am

    1. Start with Latkes, Put Your Guests to Work and Dress Like an Idiot!

    The latke is best, by far, right out of the pan, after it has rested for only a moment on paper towels which soak up some oil. When they are part of the main course they are inevitably room temperature, greasy...

  • How to cook a perfect turkey

    By Elana Horwich

    November 21, 2013 | 11:42 am

    It took a lot of stress and hard work to come up with this hassle-free turkey. Don’t think I didn’t personally slave just because I say it’s the easiest ever. It wasn’t easy to get here. Cookbooks were scoured, recipes were sent from friends, gravies were made and thrown out, my...

  • Stuffed: Thanksgiving on Hope Street

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    Last Sunday, my job was to make stuffing for 400 people. I said I’d do it because there’s a part of me that prefers to forget that it’s been 25 years since I was a caterer, and I assumed it would be as easy now as it was then.

    Every year for the past nine years, Nashuva, the...

  • Erdoğan’s test

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 10, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    Turkish government seem to be playing a very childish game with Israel.

     

    After groveling, twisting and twirling to the Turks infantile demands, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is now being demanded to do more. More than six months after doing the impossible and...

  • Former Syrian defense minister defects in break with Assad

    By Aaron Wood

    September 4, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Former Syrian Defence Minister General Ali Habib, a prominent member of President Bashar Assad's Alawite sect, has defected and is now in Turkey, a senior member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition told Reuters on Wednesday.

    If his defection is confirmed, Habib would be...

  • Turkish women strive for gender equality

    August 20, 2013 | 11:44 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Elif Kamisli sits with two friends on the patio of a streetside cafe in Istanbul. Even wearing a slim black dress, she is not hard to spot -- she's very pregnant, nine-months pregnant, in fact.

    Her shapely figure, Kamisli told...

  • Prime Minister’s accusations rebuild Israeli-Turkish tension

    August 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he can prove that Israel is responsible for the recent overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the subsequent assumption of power by the military.   

    ...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan claims Israel responsible for Egypt coup

    August 20, 2013 | 8:38 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Israel was behind last month’s military coup in Egypt.

    Erdogan told a meeting of the provincial chairs of his ruling Justice and Development, or AKP, party that he has evidence that Israel was involved in the July 3 overthrow of...

  • Lessons for Brotherhood and why Turkey is still the model for Egypt

    August 5, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Let me start by saying that Turkey needs to believe that the right thing to do is to act together with Israel, and that it must embrace the language of friendship. If Turkey is allied with Israel, the scourges raining down on the region would be resolved in a short period of time....

  • 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...

  • Israel-Turkey reconciliation hits roadblock

    July 25, 2013 | 10:47 am

    Israeli-Turkish reconciliation talks reportedly are stuck over whether Israel’s payment to Turkey is a voluntary gift or compensation for a wrongful act.

    Turkey downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and then expelled Israel’s ambassador after the 2010 flotilla incident, in which...

  • Lakers welcome back Jordan Farmar

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    July 18, 2013 | 10:34 am

    The Lakers brought back a familiar face in (Jewish) veteran guard Jordan Farmar on Wednesday. Farmar had a bench role with the Lakers from 2006-2010 where he averaged 6.7 points and 2.1 assists per game. From the Lakers' press release:

    EL SEGUNDO - The Los Angeles Lakers have...

  • July 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2013 | 3:28 am

    The US

    Headline:  Samantha Power’s Senate hearing has amicable prelude

    To Read: Three Iran experts- Luers, Pickering, and Walsh- point out the limits of coercion in America's dealings with Teheran-

    If the United States is to reach an agreement with Iran about its nuclear...

  • This week in power: Turkey, Voting protections, Lamm out, Crossword slur

    By Danny Groner

    July 4, 2013 | 3:39 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Turkish leader comments
    "A Turkish deputy prime minister linked the 'Jewish diaspora' to recent anti-government unrest and the country’s Jewish community expressed fears on Tuesday the...

  • As protests rock Turkey, Israel watches with ambivalence

    June 18, 2013 | 10:19 am

    As the budding protest movement in Turkey against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan struggles to gain a foothold, Israel is watching the developments with some measure of ambivalence.

    On the one hand, Erdogan has led Turkey away from a close alliance with Israel, using his...

  • June 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama, Putin differ on Syria during tense talks

    To Read: Vali Nasr believes that the results of the Iranian elections should make the US rethink its Iran policy-

    Washington must realize that its success in rallying the international community to isolate...

  • Gezi Park rebuilds, digs in for more clashes

    June 13, 2013 | 9:50 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    By nightfall the Gezi Park protesters had cleaned up the trampled tents and trash left behind from crowds fleeing police during clashes in adjacent Taksim Square.

    Thousands joined together again in song as a local musician...

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