Apparently Mr. Ayalon acted not diplomatically and triggered another tense phase btw Turkey and Israel. Not that PM Erdoğan is innocent and nothing new about his position but Israeli Foreign Ministry leadership, Lieberman and Ayalon, seem to have started a crusade against Turkey recently. A crusade destined to fail, I think…

Turkish dailies display this photo of meeting with the Turkish ambassador and Israeli vice FM minister and are angry with Ayalon (L)’s arrogant attitude. Ambassador was hosted like this…

Foreign Ministry: Israel did not mean to humiliate Turkey envoy (Ha’aretz):

During the meeting, Turkey’s ambassador was seated in a low sofa, and facing him, in higher chairs, were Ayalon and two other officials – an arrangement carried out at Lieberman’s orders.

A photo-op was held at the start of the meeting, during which Ayalon told the photographers in Hebrew: “Pay attention that he is sitting in a
lower chair and we are in the higher ones, that there is only an Israeli flag on the table and that we are not smiling.”

Israeli officials: Liberman wants to keep tense ties with Turkey

Meanwhile, ministry sources said Monday that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was trying to stop Defense Minister Ehud Barak from visiting to Turkey next week, in order to keep up the recent tensions between the two allied countries.

Erdoğan slams Israel for ‘disproportionate power’ – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Deputy FM meets with Turkish envoy over anti-Semitic series – Israel News, Ynetnews

Turkey Lashes Out at Israel – NYTimes.com

AFP: Israel-Turkey ties strain again over TV show

Israel says Turkish PM’s criticisms endanger ties

The Decline of Turkish-Israeli Relations: As Seen on TV

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

Like the arrival of the full moon or utility bills, we can now come to safely expect a monthly flare-up in the relations between Turkey and Israel.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (left) and his Turkish counterpart ...

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (left) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan give a press conference in Ankara. Both men lashed out at Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace and air strikes in Gaza, warning they were undermining prospects for peace in the region.

(AFP/Adem Altan)

A Clean Bill for the New Leadership of DHKP/C

from Mavi Boncuk

Musa Asoglu and Ferhiye Erdal (left). Asoglu is considered the new DHKP-C leader after the death of Dursun Karatas [1] in prison

On February 7, 2008, Antwerp?s Court of Appeal acquitted seven members of the DHKP/C, accused of directing terrorist operations from their headquarters in Knokke-Heist, a quiet town on the Belgian coast. In other words, the judge envisioned the Knokke cell as a mere propaganda arm of the DHKP/C in Belgium, and not as a terrorist cell.

Ankara shakes up foreign policy – UPI.com

Public diplomacy takes stage in Mardin

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu toured the southeastern city of Mardin as part of a brand-new strategy to explain Turkey?s foreign policy throughout the country, especially in long-neglected Anatolia.”

Turkey?s EU bid causes friction in Germany – Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review

Spanish EU presidency to push for Turkey’s membership (1st Lead) – Monsters and Critics

Could the EU of the future become a global alliance? | World | Deutsche Welle | 08.01.2010

Let?s throw Turkey off the EU path!

by BERİL DEDEOĞLU
Is there anyone who doesn?t know that relations between Turkey and the European Union are currently quite troublesome? Those who believe that Turkey?s accession will be beneficial for all parties based on their predictions about Turkey, the EU?s future and the global balance of power are trying to find a way out and settle things. There are many who sincerely want to overcome the present difficulties.

France opposed to new Renault Clio production in Turkey (Reuters via Yahoo! Asia News)

from Yahoo news
PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The French government is opposed to Renault manufacturing the new Clio 4 compact car in Turkey and is trying to dissuade the company from doing so, Industry Minister Christian Estrosi said.

The Quote of the Week: ?Turkey and the enlargement of the European mind?

from Changing Turkey in a Changing World by Changing Turkey

Excerpt from Andrew Mango (1998) ?Turkey and the enlargement of the European mind?,  Middle Eastern Studies, 34: 2, 171-192.

Turkish-Armenian stalemate

by ÖMER TAŞPINAR

It has been more than three months since the Turkish and Armenian foreign ministers signed the two protocols that were supposed to launch a historic reconciliation and rapprochement process between Yerevan and Ankara.

New diplomacy, new Turkey

by NASUHİ GÜNGÖR – STAR
I don?t know about you, but for my part, I find it quite exciting that Turkey has added Lebanon to the list of nations (a list that starts with Syria) from whose citizens it no longer requires visas.

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