Tag: Turkey

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 […]

Turkey wants ‘no permanent enmity’ with neighbors

New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said he wants to have no permanent tensions with the country’s neighbors after serious ruptures with Israel, Egypt, Russia and Syria in recent years, in comments published Friday.   Yildirim, a close ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in May took over the premiership from Ahmet Davutoglu who had spearheaded a policy of aggressively projecting […]

EU, Turkey coming closer to completing agreement

European Council President Donald Tusk told Bild that the EU is moving forward in its efforts to allow Turkish citizens to enter without obtaining a prior visa.   “The negotiations will certainly last until October but we’re getting ever closer,” he said, after insisting that the EU will not give in until “they have fulfilled all of […]

Istanbul bombing another sign Syria, Iraq war spreading to Turkey

The war raging in neighboring Syria and Iraq continues to destabilize Turkey as spillover violence and increased fighting with the Kurds risks plunging the country into deeper instability.   “Turkey is the new target of the proxy wars, especially when the latest developments in north Syria and southeastern Anatolia are taken into consideration,” Prof. Mehmet […]

Terror strikes Turkey again: Police station car bomb attack ‘wounds many’

Two police officers were killed and many people wounded in a car bomb attack on a police station in the southeastern Turkish town of Midyat on Wednesday, local media said, a day after a bomb targeting police in Istanbul killed 11 people.   Hospital sources told Reuters more than 20 people including police officers and […]

Official: Israel, Turkey almost fully reconciled]

A government official has confirmed that the gaps between Israel and Turkey’s positions on reconciliation are shrinking, Kol Yisrael reports. He added that one or two further meetings are needed in order to bring the countries together.   Yesterday (Thursday), Construction Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) said that Israel and Turkey are close to an agreement and […]

Turkey reconciliation deal ‘near completion’

An Israeli minister close to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that nearly all outstanding issues for a reconciliation agreement with Turkey had been finalized by both sides.   “I’d say we’ve successfully finished dealing with 90 percent of the topics,” Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said in a radio interview.   Steinitz’s remarks were the latest […]