Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ruled out making an apology to Turkey over an Israeli military raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed eight Turks and one American of Turkish descent.
A recent attempt to mend Israel-Turkey ties appears to be on the rocks, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman lobbying against apologizing to Ankara for the killing of nine Turkish citizens on the Gaza aid flotilla when they challenged Israel’s naval blockade of the territory in May.
Tamir Pardo (???? ????; born 1953), is the next director of the Mossad, announced as the current director’s replacement by Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 29, 2010. The appointment was confirmed by the Committee for Senior Appointments headed by Jacob Turkel
By Lisa Schaefer (JTW)
Journal of Turkish Weekly conducted an exclusive interview with Ceren Mutus, USAK expert on Turkey-EU relations, on visa free travel.”
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul (3rd L), Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (3rd R) Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari (2nd L) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai (2nd R) arrive at Friday prayers during a break to the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Fifth Trilateral Summit’s in Istanbul December 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mustafa Demirel/Presidential Palace/Handout? Read more »
Turkish-U.S. relations have been through turbulent periods in the past and may become strained again, according to Turkey?s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, who told journalists Saturday that Turkey wanted to be influential in global politics and have a more robust role in the relationship. ?It will take time for the U.S. to adapt to this situation, but I see this as a healthy process,? he said
As we approach the end of the year, it is time to take stock of 2010 and offer some predictions for next year in Turkish-American relations. Overall, 2010 proved to be a challenging year for the Washington-Ankara axis.