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Difficult Times for the Israeli Civil Society
Source: Heinrich Boll Stiftung Israel

The number of attacks by the nationalist camp against Israeli human rights organizations and other non-governmental organizations has risen significantly in the past six months. The work of these organizations has always been disputed by certain parts of the Israeli society. In a state which is in conflict with its neighbors ? a conflict  that frequently adopts violent and warlike traits, such disputes is are to be expected. Furthermore, a non-negligible part of the actors considers the conflict as an existential one.

Lellouche: la Turquie dans son rôle en développant ses liens à l?Est

by acturca

Agence France Presse

11 juin 2010

La Turquie n?est pas « perdue pour l?Europe et pour l?Otan » et elle est dans son rôle et sa vocation géographique en développant ses liens avec l?Orient, a déclaré vendredi à Istanbul le secrétaire d?Etat français chargé des Affaires européennes, Pierre Lellouche.

Mesut Yilmaz: ?We Should Reduce Our Military Dependency on Israel?

by acturca

Spiegel-Online (Germany), 07/06/2010

Interview conducted by Daniel Steinvorth

Relations between Israel and Turkey are strained to the breaking point following last Monday?s raid by Israeli forces on an aid convoy heading to the Gaza Strip. Former Turkish Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz told Spiegel that Turkey could have helped prevent bloodshed, but that Israel is ultimately to blame.

[Rethinking Turkish politics]Has Turkey gone too far over Gaza? by Mehmet Kalyoncu

In diplomacy, there is a fine line between credibility and incredibility, between the serious and the ridiculous.

«Les arabes sont l??il et la main droite des Turcs»

by acturca

Le Temps (Suisse), 11 juin 2010

Delphine Nerbollier, Istanbul

Le premier ministre turc a été particulièrement applaudi à l?ouverture du 3e Forum de coopération turco-arabe. Il incarne le nouveau leadership régional

M. Gül : privilégier » l?option diplomatique » avec l?Iran

by acturca

Le Monde (France), 12 juin 2010, p. 6

Propos recueillis par Nicolas Bourcier

Le président turc critique le vote au Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies de sanctions qu?il juge inefficaces Ancien ministre des affaires étrangères et président de la Turquie depuis 2007, Abdullah Gül est membre fondateur du Parti de la justice et du développement (AKP, islamique conservateur), au pouvoir depuis 2002. Il est souvent perçu comme un modéré.

Is Turkey weaning itself off the US? by MÜMTAZ?ERTÜRKÖNE

The nuclear swap deal signed by and between Turkey, Brazil and Iran, the Gaza crisis and the ensuing no-vote on the sanctions package on Iran at the United Nations Security Council have refueled the debate over whether Turkey is shifting direction away from the US.

GÜRKAN ZENGİN – The collapse of the UN order

The ?fourth wave? of decisions regarding sanctions from the UN Security Council will not be sufficient to bring Iran to its knees; however, it does make it clear that the UN order has come to an end. The agreement brokered by Brazil and Turkey with Iran has removed the legitimacy of the UN?s decisions regarding sanctions. An insistence on sanctions despite this proves to be nothing more than a diversion from the real issue at hand.

ABDULLAH BOZKURT – Assets and Liabilities in Israeli and Iranian relations

Changes to fundamental dynamics in the Middle East region are forcing Turkey to adopt a more active foreign policy, in line with renewed national enthusiasm for solving decades-long problems, ranging from an outdated Cold War-era military coup network to expanding rights for minorities, the pious and the oppressed Kurdish minority.

CHARLOTTE MCPHERSON – Clusters and solidarity

Major news reports read something to this effect: The UN Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions in as many years on a defiant Iran this past week over a nuclear program the West suspects is aimed at developing atomic weapons.

MÜMTAZER TÜRKÖNE – Is Turkey weaning itself off the US?

The nuclear swap deal signed by and between Turkey, Brazil and Iran, the Gaza crisis and the ensuing no-vote on the sanctions package on Iran at the United Nations Security Council have refueled the debate over whether Turkey is shifting direction away from the US.

ABDULHAMİT BİLİCİ – Israel?s Pyrrhic victory

Israel, as the state of the Jewish nation with a past replete with tragedies, is today at the peak of its power thanks to its civilian and military technology that makes many countries, like Turkey, rely on it as well as its special ties in international relations.

BERİL DEDEOĞLU – The significance of saying no

Turkey and Brazil?s opposition to the sanctions on Iran in the United Nations Security Council has revitalized some old debates. Some people have again started to say that Turkey is moving ?eastward,? and they believe the deterioration in Turkey?s relations with Israel and Ankara?s policy on Iran are indicators of Turkey?s continued Islamization.

Global Voices: We are listening

from Global Voices Online by Tarek Amr

By Tarek Amr

Since news broke of Israel’s raid on the Gaza aid flotilla, Global Voices (GV) authors have written more than 25 posts highlighting international citizen media reactions to the events. One of these posts, Israel: Flotilla Clashes are a ?Serious PR Disaster?, by Israeli Author Gilad Lotan, became the subject of a passionate discussion in the Egyptian twittersphere.

En quête de la Turquie démocratique

by acturca

Le Monde (France), 10 juin 2010, p. 18

Gaïdz Minassian

Ni kémaliste ni islamiste, mais démocrate. Ainsi aurait pu s?intituler le dernier ouvrage de l?historien Vincent Duclert, qui démontre l?existence d?une communauté de destin entre l?Europe et les intellectuels turcs. Ce livre se démarque des publications sur l?entrée de la Turquie dans l?UE par son honnêteté et son sang-froid. Il invite les turcophiles à associer vérité historique, citoyenneté et démocratie dans leur jugement. Il pousse les turcophobes à dépassionner leur raisonnement et à tourner le dos aux discours anxiogènes dès lors qu?il s?agit d?examiner la candidature du plus grand Etat musulman en Europe.

La Turquie s?émancipe

by acturca

Le Temps (Suisse), 10 juin 2010

Par François Gross

Lasse de faire le pied de grue devant les portes de l?UE, la Turquie a progressivement changé de cap.

La marche à la puissance turque trouvera ses limites

by acturca

Le Monde (France), 10 juin 2010, p. 17

Frédéric Encel *

L?émotion et la compassion sont une chose, la diplomatie en est une autre. Que la population turque soit choquée par le drame du Mavi-Marmara est logique et légitime. Que le premier ministre, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, fasse le matamore en multipliant ses habituelles outrances verbales à l?encontre d?Israël relève de la froide realpolitik.

For Turkey, an Embrace of Iran Is a Matter of Building Bridges

from NYT > Turkey by By SABRINA TAVERNISE
For the United States, the vote by Turkey not to support new sanctions against Iran was a disappointing betrayal by a close ally that has prompted soul searching.

Ending Gaza’s Dangerous Isolation

from NYT > Turkey by By CATHERINE ASHTON
The blockade hurts ordinary Gazans, prevents reconstruction and fuels radicalism.
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