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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Turkish police battle protesters in Istanbul square

    June 11, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday night, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded an immediate end to 10 days of demonstrations.

    The governor of Istanbul went on television to...

  • June 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2013 | 3:39 am

    The US

    Headline: AP Sources: US Close to OK on Arming Syrian Rebels

    To Read: Could Susan Rice's vow to 'never let there be another Rwanda' be a problematic one? Paul Pillar believes it is-

    A contrast to such careful lesson-drawing is the never-again, I'll-go-down-in-flames...

  • President Obama, is Turkey a Democracy?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 7:51 am

    If you had a chance to take a look at our new Israel Factor survey you might have noticed that besides the questions related to presidential candidates, we also included a question on policy: "Please rank the Obama administration’s policy on the following topics from 1 (terrible...

  • June 5, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 3:31 am

    The US

    Headline: 19 Americans convicted for pro-democracy work in Egypt

    To Read: David Kenner tells the story of a well intentioned American NGO which tried to promote democracy in Egypt (and of how it did just the opposite)-

    In an Egyptian courtroom on a sunny summer...

  • Woman in red becomes leitmotif for Istanbul’s female protesters

    June 4, 2013 | 10:04 am

    In her red cotton summer dress, necklace and white bag slung over her shoulder she might have been floating across the lawn at a garden party; but before her crouches a masked policeman firing teargas spray that sends her long hair billowing upwards.

    Endlessly shared on social...

  • June 4, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 4, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The US

    Headline: Syria conflict: US may leave F-16s and missiles in Jordan

    To Read: Russia Specialist Nikolai Gvosdev writes about the exceptionally tricky US-Russia dispute over Syria-

    If, however, the S-300s are operational and the United States does begin efforts to...

  • Defiant Erdogan denounces riots in Turkish cities

    June 3, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Anti-government protesters responsible for Turkey's worst riots in years are "arm-in-arm with terrorism," Prime Minister Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, in a defiant response to four days of unrest in dozens of cities across the country.

    Hundreds of police and...

  • Apple’s first store set to open in Istanbul

    May 20, 2013 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Consumer technology market analysts expect Apple to start taking a big bite from the emerging market for its products here when it opens its first store in Istanbul in a few months.

    "We're going to place our first store in...

  • Erdogan says will go ahead with Gaza visit

    May 16, 2013 | 11:24 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the White House on Thursday that he intends to go ahead with a planned trip to the Gaza Strip next month despite pressure from the United States to delay it.

    "I place a lot of significance on this visit in terms of peace in the...

  • International court to look into Israel’s 2010 Gaza flotilla raid

    May 16, 2013 | 10:31 am

    The International Criminal Court prosecutor said she would open a preliminary examination into the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, which left nine Turkish activists dead.

    The prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in a statement Tuesday that she was obliged to open a...

  • May 16, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 16, 2013 | 3:08 am

    The US

    Headline: Turkey leader to press Obama for greater U.S. role on Syria

    To Read: Aaron David Miller criticizes the incessant demands for Obama to 'demonstrate his leadership' in the Middle East-

    We have a ridiculously cardboard -- even cartoonish -- view of...

  • Turkey’s Erdogan to push Obama on Syria after bombings

    May 14, 2013 | 3:45 pm

    Turkey's prime minister will push President Barack Obama for more assertive action on Syria during a visit to Washington this week, days after car bombs tore through a Turkish border town in the deadliest spillover of violence yet.

    The bombings in Reyhanli, which killed 50 people...

  • May 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 13, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline: UK's Cameron on U.S. trip to learn Boston lessons, discuss Syria

    To Read: According to Jordan Chandler Hirsch and Sam Kleiner, whether you are in favor of increased US involvement in Middle East affairs or against it, Israel is the answer-

    Iran, to be...

  • May 10, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 10, 2013 | 3:40 am

    The US

    Headline: Syria conflict: US says Assad can have no post-war role

    To Read: Robert Kaplan believes that the constant and unbearable media pressure and scrutiny Obama has been under may very well be hurting the quality of US policy discussion about Syria (and about foreign...

  • 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...

  • Syrian rebels increasingly frustrated

    May 6, 2013 | 11:01 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Gazing out at the rubble which was all that remained of a four story apartment complex in the city of Azaz just south of the Turkish border, 41 year old bricklayer Khalid Jaza’iri did not see much to be optimistic about. 

    “The...

  • Jewish cemetery unearthed during construction work in Turkey

    May 1, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Gravestones and bones from an ancient Turkish Jewish cemetery were unearthed during the construction of an underground tunnel.

    The remains in the Turkish city of Izmir were found more than 20 feet below ground, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Wednesday.

    According to Hurriyet,...

  • 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...

  • Turkey, Israel reconciliation far from fact

    April 9, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Just before President Barack Obama boarded Air Force One to leave Israel on a windy Friday afternoon last month, he made a dramatic announcement. Flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama announced that Israel had apologized to Turkey for the deaths of...

  • 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...

  • April 8, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 8, 2013 | 3:07 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry urges Turkey, Israel to take steps to normalizing ties

    To Read: Leslie Gelb tries to explain why America’s threats towards Teheran are far harsher than its threats towards Pyongyang:

    Administration officials would never admit it, but the main reason...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 1, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    Turkey tourism is back!

    Last week, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, apologized to Turkey over the death of nine of its citizens during the IDF raid on the Gaza- bound ship, Marmara, in May 2010. The Marmara incident brought the Israeli-Turkish relationship down to a...

  • 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."...

  • After Mideast trip, Obama gains political capital. Will he spend it?

    March 25, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    For a trip that U.S. officials had cautioned was not about getting “deliverables,” President Obama’s apparent success during his Middle East trip at getting Israel and Turkey to reconcile has raised some hopes for a breakthrough on another front: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    ...
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