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…
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 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)
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.