Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’


In bid to buy influence, Turkey hands out money in east Jerusalem

editor 6 June 2018

By Yori Yalon.. Turkish government agency TIKA hands out checks worth $500 as well as Turkish flags to residents and business owners in east Jerusalem • Jerusalem advocacy group warns of “radical Turkish views” and calls for “all-out war against Turkish interference.” The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has handed out about $420,000 in $500 checks to east Jerusalem merchants and residents in recent days as a gift for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, Israel Hayom discovered Monday (May 21, 2018). [Photo top right: An east Jerusalem shop displaying a Turkish flag distributed by TIKA  | Photo: Miri Tzachi].  (more…)


Erdoğan’s Turkey: A caliphate in the making?

editor 5 June 2018

By Zvi Mazel.. Under Erdoğan’s leadership, Turkey has become a major player in the Middle East. In order to further his vision, he is active virtually everywhere.  The new crisis with Israel initiated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the Gaza so called “March of Return” demonstrations, taken together with his decision to advance the presidential election, should be regarded as an integral part of his bid for regional hegemony. [Photo top right: Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan | Credit: Wikipedia].



Top American Jewish Leader: US Must Stand by Its Allies as Middle East Map Is Being Redrawn

editor 25 May 2018

By Barney Breen-Portnoy.. As instability continues to reign in the Middle East, the US must back by its allies and challenge its enemies, a top American Jewish leader told The Algemeiner in an interview on Friday (May 18, 2018).

“What I see happening today is similar to what happened in the 1920s with Sykes-Picot, except it’s with Iran and Turkey, with Russia,” Malcolm Hoenlein — the executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations – said. “We’re seeing a redrawing of the map of the Middle East and people do not pay enough attention to the overall, hegemonic, designs that these countries have. [Photo top right: Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman and CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Photo: YouTube screenshot].  (more…)


Do Palestinians Deserve Statehood?

editor 12 April 2018

By Eli E. Hertz.. A case in point – In the eyes of the European Union, the quality of life of its citizens is much more sacred than the security and well being of Israelis. European yardsticks for Turkey, a peaceful country, joining the EU – demand [of Turkey] far-reaching political and social reform “on the ground”, and 10 to 15 years of negotiations while Turks prove democratic change is “irreversible.” [Photo top right: Glacial erratic boulder at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. This rock was found near Issaquah, having been carried from the north Cascade Mountains some 13,000 years ago. Stick is one yard | Wiki Media Commons]. (more…)


The Future of Greek-Israeli Relations

editor 12 April 2018

By Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos.. BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 788, April 8, 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In July 2010, then Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou visited Jerusalem and met his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. A few weeks later Netanyahu traveled to Athens and held discussions with Papandreou. The long-term significance of those visits could not be acknowledged at that time. But almost eight years later, it is now clear that those talks were a catalyst for the rapprochement that has occurred between two countries that have had a difficult relationship for decades. Greece and Israel are growing ever closer by establishing a strategic partnership and exploring ways to further deepen it. [Photo top right: Benjamin Netanyahu and George Papandreou on a cruise near the isle of Poros, 17 August 2010, photo via Flickr CC]. (more…)


Free Gaza spox admits activist initiated fatal 2010 violence aboard Mavi Marmara

editor 17 March 2018

By Robert Philpot.. Report on inner-workings of anti-Semitic group reveals that Greta Berlin belatedly acknowledged ‘crazy’ Ken O’Keefe seized IDF commando’s gun, sparking fight in which 10 Turks died. LONDON — A leading pro-Palestinian campaigner involved in the flotilla that attempted to enter Gaza in May 2010 has appeared to corroborate Israel’s version of the events which led to the bloody confrontation on board the Mavi Marmara. (more…)


Turkish Newspaper Close To President Erdogan Calls To Form Joint Islamic Army To Fight Israel

editor 15 March 2018

By MEMRI.. Introduction – On December 12, 2017, ahead of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul,  the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling AKP party, published an article  titled “A Call for Urgent Action,”[1] which also appeared on the paper’s website under the title “What If an Army of Islam Was Formed against Israel?”[2] The article called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. (more…)


Following Threat from Erdogan, U.S. Must Counter Growing Danger from Turkey

editor 10 March 2018

By The Staff.. Turkey is turning into a new Pakistan, “a perpetually failing state whose military leadership has tolerated and advanced a vision of political Islam deeply hostile to U.S. and Western interests”, Eli Lake warned in a column published by Bloomberg on Friday (March 2, 2018). After the Trump administration warned in January (2018) that American troops would return fire if attacked in the Turkish ground invasion in northern Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded with a threat of his own. [Photo top right: Pres Erdogan kissing a little girl martyr | Credit YouTube].  (more…)


Shin Bet Investigation Exposes Depth of Turkey’s Hamas Support

editor 24 February 2018

By Yaakov Lappin.. Hamas is operating freely on Turkish soil, gathering terrorist finances and looking for ways to upgrade the capabilities of its armed wing in Gaza, an Israeli security source has told the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). It is highly likely that these activities occur with the knowledge of the Turkish authorities, the source said. The comments come after Israel’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency announced the arrest of two suspects — including a Turkish national — on the suspicion of working for Hamas in Turkey. [Photo top right: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets a crowd in Ankara on December 15, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Kayhan Ozer].  (more…)


Turkey Threatens to Invade Greece

editor 22 February 2018

By Uzay Bulut.. Turkey’s ruling party, and even much of the opposition, seem intent on, if not obsessed with, invading and conquering these Greek islands, on the grounds that they are actually Turkish territory. “The things we have done so far [pale in comparison to the] even greater attempts and attacks [we are planning for] the coming days, inshallah [Allah willing].” – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, February 12, 2018. [Photo top right:Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recently said: “We warn those who have crossed the line in the Aegean and Cyprus… Their courage persists only until they see our army, our ships and our planes.” (Photo by Elif Sogut/Getty Images)](more…)


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