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Today, White House denied that President Obama warned/gave an ultimatom to PM Erdoğan for Turkey’s foreign policy choices. But it is apparent that US does not like the new tendencies even if Obama does not explicitly castigates Erdoğan.. In the mean time, The Mavi Marmara inquiry continues slowly while Israel approaches needy Greece to start a new regional alliance…

The Mavi Marmara inquiry: Denying the obvious

from Hurriyet Dailynews by HDN
Just as Kent State destroyed U.S. popular support for the Vietnam War, the events on the Mavi Marmara will ultimately end the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Obama warns Turkish PM over stance on Israel, Iran

from Hurriyet Dailynews
American President Barack Obama has warned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that Ankara’s position on Israel and Iran could lessen its chances of obtaining US weapons, a report said Monday.

White House denies giving Turkey ultimatum over Israel, Iran

from Hurriyet Dailynews
The White House denied press reports that President Barack Obama warned Turkey it could lose its chance to obtain U.S.-made weapons over its position on Israel and Iran.

Some U.S. allies not listening when it comes to Iran

from FP Passport by Jared Mondschein

Turkey EU negotiator: privileged partnership not an option

from Yahoo news
Istanbul – Turkey’s top European Union negotiator Wednesday said Ankara would not accept a privileged partnership with the bloc in lieu of full membership.

The Axis Discussion in Turkish Foreign Policy

from U.S.A.K. Blog

Prof. Dr. Kamer KASIM, USAK Vice-President

Turkey committed to EU membership, says top negotiator

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey’s chief negotiator for the European Union talks reiterates his country’s resolute commitment for accession to the bloc, adding that Turkey has taken concrete steps to achieve that goal.

Activists in Flotilla Fired First, Israeli Army Chief Says

from NYT > Turkey by By ISABEL KERSHNER
Israel?s army chief of staff told a panel that confrontation was probably inevitable under the circumstances.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, meets ...

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, center, meets with members of the panel investigating the Gaza Flotilla Incident, from left, Ozdem Sanberk, of Turkey, Geoffrey Palmer, of New Zealand, Alvaro Uribe Velez, of Colombia, and Joseph Ciechanover, of Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at United Nations headquarters.? Read more »(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Israeli PM says Turkey ignored flotilla warnings

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (2nd R) attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem August 8, 2010. REUTERS/Oliver Weiken/Pool

KERİM BALCI – The Turkel Commission and the three testimonies

Israel?s self-appointed Turkel Commission has completed its work of listening to the top three officials on the list of the authorities responsible for the decision to raid the civilian freedom flotilla on its way to Gaza. The first testimony came from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who replied to all critical questions asked during the public session with a mere, ?I shall elaborate on this after the break,? meaning during the closed session. Understandably, he didn?t want to give out the names of the diplomats who negotiated with Turkey on the issue prior to the sailing of the ships. One issue, though, struck me.

Energy Minister Yildiz: We are ready to open the energy chapter, but the EU is not

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız has said that although Turkey is ready to open the energy chapter in Turkey?s EU membership process, EU officials are preventing the opening of the chapter with unfounded excuses.

Can the flotilla inquiry save the Israeli-Turkish alliance?, Avni Dogru

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Avni Dogru

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently announced that, after two months of negotiations, Israel had agreed to an international inquiry on 31 May?s deadly flotilla assault. International pressure and Ban Ki-moon?s personal efforts played an important role in the Netanyahu government?s unprecedented decision. Israel?s concession meets one of the demands made by Turkey, which lost nine citizens in the assault and which has threatened to break off relations with what had once been a key military ally.

Barak Testifies in Flotilla Inquest

from NYT > Turkey by By ISABEL KERSHNER
The Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, said on Tuesday that Israel?s leaders were aware that the interception of a flotilla bound for Gaza could turn violent.

General Says Israel Not Ready for Flotilla Violence

from NYT > Turkey by By REUTERS
Israeli troops were not ready for the violent resistance they met when they boarded a Gaza-bound aid ship, the country?s top military officer said on Wednesday.

Turkey, Israel spar over flotilla probes

from Yahoo news
ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Israel’s May 31 military assault on an unarmed humanitarian flotilla in international waters bound for Gaza severely strained Israeli-Turkish relations. Israel – Gaza – Turkey – IsraelTurkey relations – United States

KLAUS JURGENS – Welcome Rihanna to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus

Some weeks ago I wrote about why it was a mistake that Ms. Jennifer Lopez had decided to cancel a concert near Girne in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC). In the same column I argued that now is the time for other famous pop stars to visit — and sing before — their many fans living in this part of the world. As it seems, we are almost there — unless the same mistakes are repeated by the management of another celebrity who is otherwise scheduled to arrive in the KKTC in just over a month.

Israel?s Blockade of Gaza, the Mavi Marmara Incident, and Its Aftermath

Source: Congressional Research Service (via OpenCRS)

Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, but retained control of its borders. Hamas, a U.S. State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), won the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections and forcibly seized control of the territory in 2007. Israel imposed a tighter blockade of Gaza in response to Hamas?s takeover and tightened the flow of goods and materials into Gaza after its military offensive against Hamas from December 2008 to January 2009. That offensive destroyed much of Gaza?s infrastructure, but Israel has obstructed the delivery of rebuilding materials that it said could also be used to manufacture weapons and for other military purposes. Israel, the U.N., and international non-governmental organizations differ about the severity of the blockade?s effects on the humanitarian situation of Palestinian residents of Gaza. Nonetheless, it is clear that the territory?s economy and people are suffering.

What is Israel aiming for in the Balkans? by Hajrudin Somun

Something strange has been going on in the course of events that have been unfolding over more than half a year in Israel?s policy and position in the Balkans, from its Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warning that the Balkans are the next target in a global jihad to the Israeli attack on a flotilla carrying peace activists in international waters off the coast of Gaza.

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