Turkey set on fully mending ties with Israel, says Prime Minister Erdogan’s adviser – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
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As blood flows in Libya, Yemen, and Syria, and the region continues its meltdown, the only two Mideast democracies out there are Israel and Turkey. Ideally, these two would be working together, especially as Syria, which is sandwiched between them, shows signs of regime failure.
The Council of Europe’s Swedish commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg’s, report on the situation of press freedom in Turkey based on his findings during his visit in April draws attention to the existence of an extremely concerning scene.
from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – From online dispatches
Israel’s defense establishment is showing increased support for resolving the crisis between Israel and Turkey following the Mavi Marmara affair, even at the price of an apology to Ankara by Jerusalem.
by JERUSALEM – Agence France-Presse
Israel will not “take responsibility” for the deaths of 9 Turkish nationals by apologizing to Ankara over its botched 2010 raid on a ferry heading for Gaza.
by YAVUZ BAYDAR
As the UN inquiry on the deadly flotilla incident off Gaza last year approaches the release of its conclusive report, the divisions within the Israeli government are becoming apparent.
by ISTANBUL; Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey’s power in the Middle East and North Africa supports the United States in the region, a senior American diplomat said Friday during a visit to Istanbul.
Istanbul/Athens/Brussels, 19 July 2011
Normalisation between Greece and Turkey has come far since tensions in the Aegean Sea threatened war three times between the NATO allies. Trade, investments and mutual cooperation and tourism have taken off, sidelining issues like the Cyprus problem, which first stirred up the Aegean dispute in the early 1970s. Frequent bilateral talks and Turkey’s unofficial 2011 suspension of military over-flights of Greek islands suggest that the time may be ripe for a solution to that dispute. Turkey’s strong new government elected in June is interested in further asserting itself as a responsible regional power, solving problems in its neighbourhood and clearing obstacles to its European Union (EU) accession. With Athens in the midst of a financial crisis and needing any economic lift and increased security it can find, this unnecessary and still potentially dangerous conflict should be resolved. A good strategy would be a synchronised set of steps to prepare public opinion on both sides, leading to a bilateral agreement and including, if needed, eventual recourse to international adjudication.