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  • 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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  • 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...

  • Fearful Syrian voters will keep Assad in power, Hezbollah deputy leader says

    March 12, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is likely to run for re-election next year and win, with Syria remaining in military and political deadlock until then, said the deputy leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group.

    Sheikh Naim Qassem, who predicted a year ago that Assad would...

  • What do I think about Zionism as a Turkish Muslim?

    March 5, 2013 | 11:55 am

    For the last couple of years — and especially the last couple of days — my Jewish friends all over the world have expressed their concern whether anti-Semitism is on the rise in Turkey. First of all Turkey has a population over 70 million. There is a great deal of diversity and...

  • The Turkic Islamic world uniting with Israel as a sovereign entity

    March 1, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Over the last few years, one of the questions that I have been often asked is: Is Turkey leaving the West? Is Turkey's axis shifting? Is Turkey turning its back on the West? The simple answer is no. Turkey is a democratic, free and secular country with a majority Muslim population,...

  • Kerry: Turkish PM’s Zionism comments ‘objectionable’

    March 1, 2013 | 9:02 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday the United States found a comment by Turkey's prime minister, likening Zionism to crimes against humanity, "objectionable", overshadowing their talks on the crisis in neighboring Syria.

    Kerry, on his first trip to a Muslim nation since...

  • Erdogan at UN forum: Zionism is ‘crime against humanity’ [VIDEO]

    February 28, 2013 | 5:28 am

    Amid rampant hate speech against Jews published in newspapers in Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said at a United Nations meeting that anti-Semitism, Zionism and Islamophobia were all “crimes against humanity.”

    Speaking Wednesday at the “Fifth Alliance of...

  • It is time for Israel and Turkey to remember their deep common history

    February 25, 2013 | 11:44 am

    I am a Turkish Muslim and every time I have a conversation with an Israeli friend, they keep asking me why the relations between Israel and Turkey have reached such a nadir, why Turkey seemingly has an antagonistic stance against Israel.

    First of all, Turkey's being totally...

  • Report: Israel mulling apology for ‘operational errors’ on Turkish flotilla

    February 22, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Israel reportedly may apologize to Turkey for “operational errors” during its fatal raid on a 2010 Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    The Turkish newspaper Radikal on Feb. 20 reported that the partial apology may have been the subject of...

  • Iran nuke unlikely to start Mideast arms race, report says

    February 20, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Fears that an Iranian nuclear weapon might trigger an atomic arms race across the Middle East are overplayed, a U.S. security thinktank said on Tuesday, arguing that countries like Saudi Arabia face big disincentives against getting the bomb.

    Western powers believe Iran is trying...

  • Kerry will wait on Israel visit to accompany Obama

    February 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    John Kerry will tour the Middle East during his first foreign tour as U.S. secretary of state, but will visit Israel two weeks later with President Obama.

    Kerry's itinerary, announced Tuesday for his Feb. 24-March 6 trip, includes Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt,...

  • Israel to allow Turkish construction material into Gaza

    February 12, 2013 | 7:38 am

    Israel has agreed to allow Turkish trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip for the construction of a hospital.

    The Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported Monday that the construction of the Turkish-Palestine Friendship Hospital, which it called "the most symbolic...

  • Turkey-Israel: The Status Quo is the Better Alternative

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 11, 2013 | 10:54 am

    Not long ago, a Brookings scholar predicted that:

    As Turkey’s involvement in the Syrian crisis deepens, and as it prepares to deploy Patriot missiles on the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey most certainly will aspire to improve intelligence cooperation with Israel. With regards to...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 8, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Guy Rotem is a 23 years old musician, on the verge of his big breakthrough. He writes his own songs, and accompanies his voice with percussion. I came across his music while wandering around the virtual halls of YouTube, and found it absolutely beautiful and soulful.


    In a short...

  • Suicide bomber kills guard at U.S. embassy in Turkey

    February 1, 2013 | 2:35 pm

    A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.

    The attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body after entering an embassy gatehouse....

  • Sixty-five found executed in Syria’s Aleppo, activists say

    January 29, 2013 | 11:56 am

    At least 65 people were found shot dead with their hands bound in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Tuesday in a "new massacre" in the near two-year revolt against President Bashar Assad, activists said.

    Opposition campaigners blamed the government but it was impossible to...

  • Scientific American mocks claims that Darwin was Jewish

    January 11, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    Scientific American magazine satirized claims in a Turkish children's book that Charles Darwin was Jewish.

    The Jan. 8 article was written in response to reports in October about a series of books aimed at Turkish schoolchildren which describe Darwin as a hook-nosed Jew who kept...

  • Obama discusses violence in Israel, Gaza with Turkish Prime Minister

    November 17, 2012 | 11:20 am

    President Barack Obama called Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to discuss how the two countries could help bring an end to escalating violence between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, a White House official said on Saturday.

    Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, told reporters the United States "wants the same thing as the Israelis want," which is an end to rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants in Gaza.

    The United States is emphasizing diplomacy and "de-escalation" as keys to solving the conflict, Rhodes said.

  • U.S. urges Turkey, Egypt, others to encourage Hamas to de-escalate

    November 15, 2012 | 1:13 pm

    The United States has asked countries that have contact with Hamas to urge the group to stop its recent rocket attacks from Gaza, a White House adviser said on Thursday.

    "We've ... urged those that have a degree of influence with Hamas such as Turkey, and Egypt and some of our...

  • Trial on Marmara crimes? Give me a break!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2012 | 9:30 am

    A Turkish court began a trial in absentia for four Israeli military commanders responsible for the raid on the Marmara ship. On May 31st, 2010, a ship named Mavi Marmara sailed from Turkey in the direction of Israel, Their intention was to anchor in Gaza Strip, to which they...

  • ‘Robust’ EU sanctions no match for Tehran’s tricks, experts say

    November 13, 2012 | 9:46 am

    With embargoes on Iranian gas and oil firmly in place, the European Union seems determined to tighten a net of sanctions around Iran, as even longtime critics of Europe's trade relations with Iran acknowledge.

    In a second round of sanctions this year, the European Union announced...

  • For a Thanksgiving seder, it’s all about the ‘hodu’

    November 12, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Sitting down to the well-set table every November, even though it is filled with family and food, I always feel that something is missing -- a Jewish connection to the Thanksgiving story.

    A dinner without the drama of the Exodus, like the Passover seder, leaves me just with the...

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