Turkish frigate TCG Giresun is seen near Turkey’s Aksaz naval base in this June 2009 file photo. (Photo: AA)

Turkey says flotilla raid was ’cause for war’

by ANKARA – The Associated Press

Turkey’s prime minister has said Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year was ’cause for war.’

Israel is paying for Gaza war with Turkey and Egypt crises

Ha’aretz

During that fateful Hanukkah, the Israel Defense Forces attacked failing to see that war on their televisions as people saw it in Istanbul and Cairo. During Hanukkah 2008, Israel attacked Gaza in Operation Cast Lead. Now it is eating the bitter fruit

 

The IHH and Israel

by Jenny White

An interesting essay by historian Howard Eissenstat about the influence of the IHH, a Turkish Islamist organization (best known abroad as the Turkish group on the Mavi Marmara flotilla boat) on Turkey?s relations with Israel. The full essay is here. An excerpt is below.

 

Deconstructing Israel

by GÖKHAN BACIK

The Turkish government was surprised by the recent pro-Israeli United Nations report on the Flotilla case. In fact, one should be surprised by the Turkish government’s reaction. Did the government seriously expect an anti-Israeli report from the UN?

Relations with Israel and the Kurdish question

by HDN

The rising tension between Turkey and Israel is not the only a problem of confrontational regional relations, but it may also have serious implications on domestic politics.

Gaza is no ‘national cause’

by HDN

We, in fact, are discussing neither about Israel nor about Gaza but about Turkey. Israel and Gaza constitute not the subject but the object of the discussion.

Israel to lose even as it ‘wins’

by HDN

The ‘top secret’ UN report on the Mavi Marmara was leaked by the New York Times the day prior to its official release.

 

CHP, AKP row over Israel policy worsens

by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

Leaders of the ruling and main opposition parties over the weekend leveled counter-criticisms at each other for the ongoing diplomatic tension between Turkey and Israel.

IsraCast: Egypt, Turkey and Israel

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: ‘US President Barack Obama Deserves Special Thanks For His Role In Saving Lives Of Our Six Security Guards Who Were Threatened By Mob Inside Cairo Embassy’

Ashley Rindsberg: Being Erdogan

 

The Erdogan Doctrine

Newsweek

The latest document spill from WikiLeaks includes an October 2009 US Embassy cable quoting Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, Gabby Levy, on his assessment of Erdogan: ?Levy dismissed political calculation as a motivator for Erdogan’s hostility,

Report: US considers basing Predators in Turkey

from Yahoo news

The U.S. and Turkey are discussing how to continue cooperation against terrorist targets in northern Iraq after U.S. forces leave Iraq in December, including the possibility of basing Predator drones in Turkey, a U.S. official said Sunday.

Turkish-Egyptian alliance: Israel faces regional isolation | Editorial

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk

Netanyahu can either prepare for another war or accept that Israel can no longer impose its will on its neighbours

Monday’s visit to Egypt by Turkey’s prime minister, Reccep Tayyip Erdogan, will be watched like no other. It comes just three days after thousands of Egyptians stormed the Israeli embassy in Cairo. Eighty-six Israelis inside fled, and six security guards trapped inside a strong room had to be freed by Egyptian commandos, but only after intervention from the White House. What those diplomats felt was the wrath of an Egyptian people humiliated by the killing of five soldiers at the Israeli border three weeks ago. A sixth soldier died at the weekend. Mr Erdogan will bring with him the support of a regional power and Nato member whose citizens were also killed by Israeli soldiers on the Gaza flotilla last year, and who is now threatening to send warships to protect the next one. If post-revolutionary Egypt and an economically resurgent Turkey make common cause against their former common ally ? and there is every indication that they will ? Israel’s isolation in the region will be profound.

Turkish PM arrives in Cairo as Israel recovers from embassy assault

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Harriet Sherwood

Turkey will offer aid to secure alliance with Egypt, while Binyamin Netanyahu speaks of ‘very near disaster’ averted

Turkey’s prime minister arrives in Cairo on Monday amid speculation that he will attempt to stoke anti-Israeli sentiment following an assault on the Israeli embassy in the Egyptian capital on Friday night.

 

Israel must come to terms with its changing neighbours | Peter Preston

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Peter Preston

Netanyahu’s regime needs to grasp how the Arab spring has changed all Middle East dynamics

Take two countries in profound transition. One is Turkey, with an army numerically stronger than Britain, France and Germany rolled together. Another is Egypt, which a dominant army rules pro tem. And then, trailing far behind, comes Israel, a land where transition ? indeed, anything close to a second thought ? never happens. What? Surely we’re not talking war after a few skirmishes and a lot of angry rhetoric? No. But we are talking reality.

Israel faces worst crisis with Egypt for 30 years as diplomats flee

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Harriet Sherwood

Attack on embassy is latest storm to engulf Jewish state as relations with Turkey also deteriorate

Israel is facing its worst crisis with Egypt for 30 years after being forced to airlift diplomats and their families to safety during the storming of its embassy in Cairo by a violent mob.

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