Tag: Turkey

Palestinian Authority source: Israel-Turkey deal is a political trick, Erdogan is using Gaza

Despite the fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to update him on Ankara’s reconciliation agreement with Israel, PA sources said Monday that the deal will perpetuate Palestinian divisions and will not help the Gaza Strip.   “Israel and Erdogan’s Islamic party are the only ones who will be […]

Palestinian Authority source: Israel-Turkey deal is a political trick, Erdogan is using Gaza

Despite the fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to update him on Ankara’s reconciliation agreement with Israel, PA sources said Monday that the deal will perpetuate Palestinian divisions and will not help the Gaza Strip.   “Israel and Erdogan’s Islamic party are the only ones who will be […]

Two-thirds of Israeli Jews oppose Turkey deal, poll finds

56 percent of the Israeli public opposes the accord between Israel and Turkey, according to a Midgam poll broadcast Monday night on Channel 10. 33% support it.   Among Israeli Jews, 65% are against it and just 24% back it. When asked whether the deal should have been conditioned on the return of the bodies […]

Erdogan: Israel deal achieved all the conditions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday night addressed the reconciliation agreement his country signed with Israel, saying Turkey would seek to improve the living standards of the people of Gaza following the agreement.   Speaking to tradesmen at an iftar dinner in the Presidential Complex in Ankara and quoted by the Daily Sabah newspaper, […]

Israeli, Turkish leaders look to gain from reconciliation

Israel and Turkey struck a broad reconciliation pact Monday that will restore full diplomatic relations after six years of animosity between the once-close Mideast powers.   The deal gave a welcome boost to the leaders of the two countries, both of whom have seen their international standing deteriorate in recent months. But differences remain over […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to Kerry: Turkey deal to have immense impact on Israeli economy

ROME – An agreement to normalize ties with Turkey after six years will have a positive impact on Israels economy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.Speaking after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, Netanyahu said the agreement, announced by Israeli and Turkish officials on Sunday, was “an important step”.”It has also […]

Analysis: The winner from the Israel-Turkey détente

Hamas and Turkey come out as the winners in the upcoming deal if reports in the Israeli media are correct.   Israel apparently has agreed to the presence of Hamas in Turkey as long as it does not involve itself directly in terrorist attacks against Israel, but limits itself to political and other supposedly nonviolent […]

From Turkey, with love

ISTANBUL – This country is nothing like I ever imagined it would be.   When I first received an invitation to join moderate Muslims for Ramadan Iftar dinners in Turkey, I did not consider it to be a viable option. After all, isn’t Turkey a fundamentalist Islamic country? Isn’t it unsafe for an Israeli and/or […]

Pope Francis to Visit Armenia Amid ‘Genocide’ Spat With Turkey

ROME, Italy — Pope Francis will travel to Armenia on Friday to start a three-day trip that will test the Vatican’s already-strained relations with Turkey.   The pope’s visit is officially to honor the country’s status as the first nation to recognize Christianity.   However, there will be intense focus on the words he chooses […]

Hamas: Turkey dropped condition that Israel lift Gaza siege before normalization

Amid reports about an approaching normalization deal between Israel and Turkey, Hamas claims that Turkey has renounced the condition that Israel lift the siege on Gaza that it has defined as a prerequisite for reconciliation.   In a conversation with the daily-Arab London-based newspaper Rai al-Youm, unnamed Hamas officials said: “Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan […]