Yair Lapid in Istanbul: Iranian attacks against Israelis a ‘clear violation of Turkish sovereignty by Iran’

June 24, 2022 by  
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In a further sign of Israel’s improving relationship with Turkey, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid arrived in that country on Thursday and met with his counterpart, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, in Ankara. Read more

Report: Turkey’s intelligence organization nabs Iranian assassination team

June 24, 2022 by  
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Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) arrested an eight-man cell that was working on behalf of the Iranian secret service to target Israelis in the country, Turkish media reported Thursday. Read more

Israel and Turkey ‘return to dialogue,’ renew economic cooperation

May 26, 2022 by  
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Israel and Turkey have agreed to renew talks on a new civil aviation agreement and the return of Israeli airline flights to Turkey and resume the activity of the two countries’ Joint Economic Commission. Read more

Turkish FM makes first visit to Israel in 15 years

May 25, 2022 by  
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu landed in Israel on Tuesday for an official visit, the first such visit in 15 years. Read more

Top Turkish delegation to visit Israel

February 16, 2022 by  
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A delegation of top Turkish leaders will arrive in Israel this week, ahead of a planned visit by President Isaac Herzog to the country, the president’s office said. Read more

Under economic and geopolitical pressure, Erdoğan attempts to make nice with Israel

January 12, 2022 by  
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In a virtual discussion held by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), Turkish scholar and former politician Aykan Erdemir said Jews should be wary of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s outreach efforts towards Jews and Israel. Read more

Was Erdoğan’s meeting with rabbinic leaders a ‘spectacle of tolerance’?

December 29, 2021 by  
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When the Alliance of Rabbis in Islamic States (ARIS) gathered its members for the first time under one roof in a multiday conference last week in Istanbul, the event became more than a garden-variety gathering when, to the rabbis’ surprise, they found themselves invited to dinner at the presidential palace in Ankara by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Read more

Lapid to Turkey: Shut down Hamas offices on your soil

November 24, 2021 by  
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Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday evening responded to the recent discovery of a Hamas terrorist network in Judea and Samaria and in eastern Jerusalem by delivering a message to Turkey. Read more

Mordi and Natali Oknin released from prison in Turkey and are returning to Israel

November 18, 2021 by  
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After joint efforts with Turkey, Mordi and Natali Oknin were released from prison and are on their way home to Israel. Read more

Lawyer for Israeli couple detained in Turkey files appeal

November 18, 2021 by  
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Attorney Nir Yaslovitzh, the lawyer representing Natalie and Mordy Oknin—the Israeli couple being detained in Turkey under suspicion of espionage for photographing President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s residence—submitted an appeal on behalf of his clients. Read more

Israel dispatches senior diplomat to help in release of couple held in Turkey

November 16, 2021 by  
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Israel’s Foreign Ministry has decided to send Consular Division head Rina Djerassi to Istanbul on Monday to augment efforts to secure the release of the Israeli couple Mordy and Natali Oaknin, tourists who were arrested by Turkish authorities and are possibly facing espionage charges after taking a picture of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s residence. Read more

Israel offers Turkey emergency aid in wake of devastating floods

August 17, 2021 by  
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Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz contacted Turkey’s defence attaché to Israel and the Turkish Defense Ministry on Sunday and offered to send a search and rescue delegation to help Turkey cope with the aftermath of devastating floods. Read more

How will we know who won the war?

May 24, 2021 by  
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Maybe one day, we will discover that the impetus for Hamas’s latest onslaught against Israel wasn’t the pending Israeli Supreme Court decision about whether or not to respect the property rights of Jewish landlords in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

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Turkey’s bid to return to Ottoman-era glory endangers Israel and the region

September 13, 2020 by  
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Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has high ambitions. He wants to take his country back to what he perceives as the glory days of the Ottoman Empire, but the leader, who has been described as “pugnacious” and has been at the pinnacle of power since 2002, appears to be leading the country down the wrong path as he quashes secularism, supports radical Islamism, suppresses democratic reforms and adopts a forceful foreign-policy approach that aims to assert Turkish hegemony in the region. Read more

Erdoğan’s loss is Israel’s gain

June 26, 2019 by  
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When Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared, during the lead-up to the country’s March 31 municipal elections, that “whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey,” he couldn’t have imagined that the catchy campaign slogan was going to energize his rivals and bode ill for his own continued reign of terror. Read more

Turkish president says he will ‘confront’ Israel, teach Jews a lesson

December 25, 2018 by  
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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned a group of Turkish youth on Saturday that “Jews in Israel” beat Palestinian women and children, and that Turkey will confront them. Read more

Prepare for the overdue “big one”

July 13, 2018 by  
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Anticipated major earthquakes both geophysical and political are long overdue…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more


February 9, 2018 by  
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Decisions made by political leaders and those in authority usually reflect their priorities…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Turkey, terror, and tirades: what the Paris attacks reveal about Erdogan’s regime

January 21, 2015 by  
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On Monday, the European Union (EU) announced it is partnering on counter-terrorism projects with Middle East countries—including Turkey, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, and the Gulf states—in the wake of the Islamist terror attacks in Paris at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket. But is Turkey a suitable partner for that initiative? Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan – an Autocratic Islamist Bigot…writes Isi Leibler

October 29, 2013 by  
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After over 50 years of Israeli-Turkish intelligence co-operation and sharing, the Turkish disclosure to Iran of the identities of Mossad operatives – apparently subsequently executed, illustrates the depths to which Israel-Turkey relations have descended under Islamist autocrat, Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan. Read more

Turkish Ambassador speaks to Canberra group

March 17, 2010 by  
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Turkey’s ambassador to Australia Oguz Ozge has addressed the Capital Jewish Forum. Read more