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  • 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...

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  • 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.

    ...
  • Apology? Extortion.

    By Ariel Blumenthal

    March 24, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    On Thursday, as President Obama was getting ready to deliver his vision of peace to Israeli students, the alternative to that vision was typically expressed by a rocket attack from Gaza. On Thursday morning the contrast between the two visions was clearly illustrated; Just a day...

  • Analysis: Obama scores unexpected successes on Middle East trip

    March 22, 2013 | 10:54 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama flew out of Israel in a duststorm on Friday, leaving behind a trail of symbolic gestures and fine oratory that should help preserve the status quo at a time of regional upheaval.

    In an unexpected diplomatic flourish, he also facilitated a surprise...

  • Obama brokers Israel-Turkey rapprochement

    March 22, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Israel apologized to Turkey on Friday for killing nine Turkish citizens in a 2010 naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla and both feuding U.S. allies agreed to normalize relations in a surprise breakthrough announced by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    The rapprochement could help...

  • Israel, Turkey to normalize ties after Israeli apology for 2010 flotilla raid

    March 22, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to normalize relations after Netanyahu apologized and agreed to compensation for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish-flagged ship that left nine Turks dead.

    The two men talked on...

  • Retract Zionism slur, U.S. lawmakers urge Turkey’s Erdogan

    March 13, 2013 | 10:34 am

    Eighty-nine members of the U.S. Congress signed a letter calling on Turkey's prime minister to retract his comments blasting Zionism.

    The lawmakers, representing both houses of Congress and both political parties, sent the one-page letter to Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday to express...

  • Notes from the Herzliya Conference

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 13, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Do you really want to go inside?” a friend asked me at the entrance to the main hall of the Herzliya Conference, a global policy conference. “You know,” he said, “it’s Tzipi Livni speaking” — implying that there’s no point in wasting one’s time on her.

    Four years ago, Livni was a...

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