Turkey vs. Israel today. Naval diplomacy. Another roundup


Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Spain’s Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero review a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara September 6, 2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas..

Turkey, Israel should keep diplomatic channels open: US envoy

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Anatolia News Agency

US Ambassador in Ankara Francis Ricciardone said on Thursday that Turkey and Israel should definitely keep diplomatic channels open.

AKP, CHP row over Israeli ties deepens

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News

A row between the ruling party and the main opposition over handling the current crisis with Israel escalated Thursday.


Turkish warships will escort Gaza aid vessels, pledges Turkish PM

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk

Erdogan makes pledge as Israeli-Turkish relations plummet following UN report into last year’s Gaza flotilla raid

Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister, has announced.

He also said Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean, according to al-Jazeera’s Arabic translation of excerpts of an interview conducted in Turkish.


Turkish minister predicts farmers will punish Israel: report

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Agence France-Presse

Turkish farmers will punish Israel for the Jewish state’s refusal to apologize for a deadly 2010 flotilla raid, Turkey’s agriculture minister said Thursday.

Turkey-Israel tension from historical and conjunctural perspectives

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by BÜLENT KENEŞ

In my Wednesday article, I tried to analyze the Turkish-Israeli tension from the perspective of domestic politics in both countries, drawing attention to the fact that the psychological, socio-political climate is depriving Israel of a rational and effective leadership. In this article, I will try to peer into the historical and conjuncture-related reasons of the tension that has recently erupted between the two countries.

Erdoğan and the Gaza visit

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has recently voiced a tentative intention to visit the Gaza Strip in the next few weeks, noting that such a visit would take place after an assessment of the issue by the Foreign Ministry.

Turkish-Israeli relations: last kiss goodbye

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by Hani Abueshiba

Over the past few days, the common theme among editorials has been that Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador and withhold all new military agreements was not entirely surprising.

Analysis: Turkey’s gunboat diplomacy makes waves in region | Reuters


Visit to Gaza is not the issue

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Columnists by YAVUZ BAYDAR

Thanks to a well-rooted democratic tradition, more and more voices of reason and cries of conscience are being heard from Israel, despite the fact that its society, to a large extent, resembles a bunch of sleepwalkers, which reminds one of the great author Hermann Broch, oblivious to the massive changes taking place in the region.


Turkey ‘to escort Gaza aid ships’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition

Turkey’s prime minister says his country will in future escort aid ships travelling to the Gaza Strip, amid an escalating row with Israel.

Apology and Regret

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Amnesty International has said it stands by its initial response to the report into the Gaza flotilla, despite the human rights group focussing almost solely on the UN’s findings against Israel.Following the publication of the Palmer Report, Amnesty International issued a statement which made no mention of the report’s criticism of Turkey for failing to do enough to stop the flotilla.An Amnesty spokesman later said: “Our statement focuses on the Palmer report’s findings on Israel? because our analysis focuses on the human rights violations that occurred during the 2010 raid on the flotilla.”

U.N. Report Finds Israeli Blockade Legal but Raid Flawed


A United Nations review found that Israel?s naval blockade of Gaza was appropriate, but the way commandos boarded a flotilla trying to break the blockade was excessive.

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