Israel Political Brief August 20, 2013: Israel warns on High Holidays travel

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Israel warns on High Holidays travel

Source: JTA, 8-20-13

The Israeli government has advised Israelis and all Jews to avoid travel to several countries, including Egypt and Turkey, during the High Holidays, a popular time for leisure travel….READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief April 23, 2013: Israeli lawmakers slam US Secretary of State John Kerry for Boston Marathon-Mavi Marmara comparison

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Israeli pols slam Kerry for marathon-Mavi Marmara comparison

Source: JTA, 4-23-13

Israeli lawmakers are condemning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s comparison of the Boston Marathon bombing victims to the 2010 deaths of Turkish citizens aboard the Mavi Marmara ship….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 22, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu apologizes for ‘tragic’ Gaza flotilla raid as Israel resumes relations with Turkey

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Netanyahu apologizes for ‘tragic’ Gaza flotilla raid as Israel resumes relations with Turkey

Source: National Post, 3-22-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced the breakthrough after a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief March 22, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Speaks with Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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PM Netanyahu Speaks with Turkish PM Erdogan

Source: PMO, 3-22-13

יום שישי י”א ניסן תשע”ג

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke today with Prime Minister Erdogan from Turkey.

PM Netanyahu told him he had just had good conversations with President Obama about regional cooperation and the importance of Israel-Turkey relations. He regretted the recent deterioration of relations between Israel and Turkey and expressed his commitment to overcoming their differences in order to advance peace and stability in the region

PM Netanyahu said he had seen PM Erdogan’s recent interview in a Danish newspaper and appreciated his words. He made clear that the tragic outcome of the Mavi Marmara incident was not intended by Israel and that Israel regrets the loss of human life and injury. In light of Israel’s investigation into the incident which pointed to a number of operational mistakes, the Prime Minister expressed Israel’s apology to the Turkish people for any mistakes that might have led to the loss of life or injury and agreed to conclude an agreement on compensation/nonliability.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also noted that Israel had substantially lifted the restrictions on the entry of civilian goods into the Palestinian territories, including Gaza , and that this would continue as long as calm prevailed.

The two leaders agreed to continue to work to improve the humanitarian situation in the Palestinian territories.

ראש הממשלה נתניהו שוחח עם ראש ממשלת טורקיה ארדואן

Source: PMO, 3-22-13

יום שישי י”א ניסן תשע”ג

ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו שוחח היום עם ראש ממשלת טורקיה ארדואן. השניים סיכמו על השבת הנורמליזציה בין המדינות, כולל שליחת השגרירים בחזרה, וביטול ההליכים המשפטיים נגד חיילי צה”ל.

ראש הממשלה נתניהו אמר לראש הממשלה ארדואן שהיו לו שיחות טובות עם הנשיא אובמה בנושא שיתוף פעולה אזורי, וחשיבות יחסי ישראל טורקיה.

נתניהו הביע צער על ההידרדרות ביחסי ישראל-טורקיה, והביע את מחויבותו להסדרה של חילוקי הדעות במטרה לקדם שלום ויציבות באזור.

ראש הממשלה נתניהו אמר שהוא ראה את הראיון האחרון שהעניק ארדואן לעיתון דני, והביע הערכתו לדבריו. נתניהו הבהיר שהתוצאות הטרגיות של משט המאווי מרמרה לא היו מכוונות, וישראל מביעה צער על פגיעה ואובדן חיי אדם. לאור החקירה הישראלית של התקרית שהצביעה על מספר טעויות מבצעיות, הביע ראש הממשלה נתניהו התנצלות לעם הטורקי על כל טעות שיכלה להוביל לאובדן חיי אדם, והסכים להשלים את ההסכם על פיצויים.

ראש הממשלה נתניהו ציין גם שישראל הסירה כבר מספר מגבלות על תנועת אזרחים וסחורות לכל הטריטוריות הפלסטיניות, כולל עזה, והדבר יימשך כל עוד השקט יישמר. שני המנהיגים סיכמו להמשיך ולעבוד על מנת לשפר את המצב ההומניטארי בשטחים הפלסטינים.

Israel Political Brief February 28, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Responds to Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Statement on Zionism

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PM Netanyahu Responds to Turkish PM Erdogan’s Statement

Source: PMO, 2-28-13
יום חמישי י”ח אדר תשע”ג

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply condemns Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement about Zionism and its comparison to fascism. “This is a dark and mendacious statement the likes of which we thought had passed from the world,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said.

Israel Political Brief February 24, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu rejecting apology to Turkey for now

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Netanyahu rejecting apology to Turkey for now

Source: JTA, 2-24-13

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for now has rejected a bid to apologize to Turkey for a fatal raid on a 2010 Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 12, 2013: Israel to allow Turkish construction material into Gaza

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Israel to allow Turkish construction material into Gaza

Source: JTA, 2-12-13

Israel has agreed to allow Turkish trucks carrying construction materials into the Gaza Strip for the construction of a hospital….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief February 3, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Condemns the Terrorist Attack Against the US Embassy in Turkey; Sends Letter to US President Barack Obama

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PM Netanyahu Condemns the Terrorist Attack Against the US Embassy in Turkey; Sends Letter to US President Obama

Source: PMO, 2-2-13

יום כ”ב שבט תשע”ג

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemns the terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Turkey and shares in the sorrow of the Turkish people.

Prime Minister Netanyahu sent the following letter to US President Barack Obama:

“Dear Mr. President,

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the vicious terrorist attack against the US Embassy in Ankara.

Such acts of wanton violence remind us of the dangers faced by those who courageously represent us abroad and of the threats which those who despise freedom continue to pose to those who love liberty and life.

Our hearts are with you, with bereaved family members, and with the American people.

Sincerely,

Benjamin Netanyahu”

Israel Political Brief January 17, 2013: Israel hints at apology to Turkey over Gaza flotilla

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Israel hints at apology to Turkey over Gaza flotilla

Source: Jerusalem Post , 1-17-13

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Turkish daily Hürriyet on Thursday that Israel may use diplomatic language inspired by the letter sent by Washington to Islamabad over the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in order end the impasse with Ankara….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 24, 2012: Turkey to allow Israeli participation in non-military NATO activities

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Turkey to allow Israeli participation in non-military NATO activities

Source: JTA, 12-24-12

Turkey has agreed to allow Israel to participate in non-military NATO activities in the coming year….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 25, 2012: Turkey, Israel resume reconciliation talks

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Turkey, Israel resume reconciliation talks

Source: JTA, 11-25-12

Israel and Turkey resumed informal reconciliation talks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief September 20, 2012: Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel sent ‘richest Jew’ to intercede

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Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel sent ‘richest Jew’ to intercede

Source: JTA, 9-20-12

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a Turkish newspaper that Israel sent “the richest Jewish man in the world” to create better relations between the two countries….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 26, 2012: Defense Minister Ehud Barak: We’ll Have to Make Decisions on Nuclear Iran

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Barak: We’ll Have to Make Decisions on Iran

Defense Minister Ehud Barak: Nuclear Iran would lead to a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East.

Source: Israel National News, 7-26-12

Ehud Barak
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday that Israel will soon need to reach decisions regarding Iran.

Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the National Security College, Barak said, “The State of Israel is facing some of the most complex challenges which its security and political leadership has ever had to face.

“We may be required to make difficult decisions concerning the national security of Israel and ensuring its future,” he said. “The whole region around us has been turbulent and noisy for almost two years, instability is increasing and security challenges grew each day. The events of the Arab Spring which gradually became an Islamic Summer teach us that in the ultimate test we can rely only on ourselves.

“I am well aware of and know the difficulties and complexities involved in thwarting Iran’s achievement of nuclear weapons,” said Barak. “However, I know beyond a doubt that dealing with the challenge itself would be infinitely more complex, infinitely more dangerous and far more expensive in terms of both human lives as well as resources.”

Barak stressed that “A nuclear Iran is a threat to international order. It will lead to an arms race throughout the Middle East.”

Regarding Syria, the defense minister said, “We are closely following the developments in Syria. We said and we mean it that the State of Israel cannot accept the transfer of advanced weapons systems from Syria to Hizbullah. A massacre and murder of citizens by government forces is going on Syria as the entire world watches.

“Bashar Assad has lost his legitimacy to rule. It seems that every day that passes brings the end of the current regime closer. The difficulty of the international community in formulating a response to present bloodshed and death of innocents can be a lesson for us and illustrate the limitations of the ability of the international community to mobilize political will, unity of purpose and ability to function even when the situation requires it.”…READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 25, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets With Turkish Journalists: We Want to Restore Relations with Turkey

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Netanyahu: We Want to Restore Relations with Turkey

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets Turkish journalists, says Turkey and Israel are looking for ways to normalize relations.
Netanyahu meets Turkish journalists

Netanyahu meets Turkish journalists
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Turkey and Israel are looking for ways to normalize political relations, saying, “We want to restore relations with Turkey.”

Netanyahu spoke to a group of Turkish journalists in Jerusalem and his comments were reported by the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman.

“In a region where instability reigns, Israel and Turkey are two quite stable countries. I believe in [our] common interest,” Netanyahu told the journalists, adding that Turks and Jews have a long history.

The newspaper noted that the conversation between Netanyahu and the Turkish journalists was the first time since the May 2010 incident on the Mavi Marmara, which occurred when the ship tried to break the blockade on Gaza and refused to turn aside when ordered to. When IDF soldiers boarded the ship they were violently attacked. Soldiers opened fire in response, killing nine Turkish activists.

The incident caused Israel’s relationship with Turkey, already strained, to break down completely. Turkish leaders demanded an apology, but Israeli leaders refused, saying Israel had acted in self-defense.

Today’s Zaman noted that Netanyahu received the Turkish journalists in the same room where Israel’s National Security Cabinet meets. In the back, behind Netanyahu both Israeli and Turkish flags stood….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief July 24, 2012: Avigdor Lieberman Tells Turkish Journalists: ‘No Reason’ to Apologize for Mavi Marmara Incident

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‘No reason’ to apologize for Mavi Marmara incident, Lieberman tells Turkish journalists

Source: JTA, 7-24-12

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Avigdor Lieberman told Turkish journalists that Israel has “no reason to apologize” for the Mavi Marmara incident….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 10, 2012: US Blocks Israel from the Global Counterterrorism Forum Due to Turkey’s Objections

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US Ousts Israel From Counterterrorism Forum

The US blocked Israel’s participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s, due to fierce objections from Turkey.

 

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The United States blocked Israel’s participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul on Friday, despite Israel’s having one of the most extensive counterterrorism experiences in the world.

Israel was excluded from the meeting due to fierce objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Washington-based source told Globes news.

According the State Department’s website, the GCTF, which was established in September 2011, aims at “strengthening the global counterterrorism (CT) architecture in a manner that complements and reinforces the CT work of existing multilateral bodies.”

Twenty-nine countries are participating in the GCTF, ten of which are Arab and/or Muslim countries.

“The GCTF sought from the outset to bridge old and deep divides in the international community between Western donor nations and Muslim majority nations. And it has, I think, done that quite effectively,” a top US official said at the press briefing prior to the opening session.

Republican politicians claim that since one third of the GCTF’s members are Muslim countries, the Obama administration is trying to deepen ties with the Muslim world at Israel’s expense, Globes noted.

“Our idea with the GCTF was to bring together a limited number of traditional donors, front line states, and emerging powers develop a more robust, yet representative, counterterrorism capacity-building platform. A number of our close partners with considerable experience countering and preventing terrorism are not included among the GCTF’s founding members,” a State Department spokesman said in response to questions about Israel’s exclusion from the GCTF.

“We have discussed the GCTF and ways to involve Israel in its activities on a number of occasions, and are committed to making this happen,” he added.

Pro-Israeli sources say that the Obama administration decided to ignore the fact that Turkey, which has a key role in the GCTF, opposes calling Hamas a terrorist organization, even though the State Department lists it as such.

In May, Turkey blocked Israel’s participation in a NATO summit in Chicago and maintained that NATO–Israel relations cannot be restored until Turkey-Israel relations are normalized.

Israel Political Brief October 27, 2011: Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Says Accepting Israeli Aid Changes Nothing in Countrys’ Relationships

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Source: Virtual Jerusalem, 10-27-11

The fact that Turkey agreed to accept aid from Israel to assist in rescue efforts of the thousands who were injured or killed has no political meaning, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday. Speaking at a news conference in Amman with Jordanian leader King Abdullah II and his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh, Davutoglu said that “political conditions between the two countries remain as they were”, and that Turkey’s views on the Middle East remained “principled.”

On Monday, after a lengthy period in which they did not communicate, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan to offer Israel’s assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit eastern Turkey. Erdogan initially turned down the offer, but on Tuesday, Ankara changed its mind. turkey earthquakeAn Israeli plane with prefabricated mobile homes and other aid for quake victims arrived in Turkey Thursday. At least three more planes will arrive in the next few days, Israeli officials said.

Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak both stressed that Israel was appreciative of Turkey’s assistance in battling the Carmel forest last year, and that Jerusalem saw aiding in regional crises as part of its responsibility to the international community. Defense Ministry spokesperson Josh Hantman said that Israel did not see the aid as “a diplomatic matter, but a humanitarian one aimed at keeping men, women and children safe and warm.”

Speaking about the Israel-PA negotiating process, Judeh said that both Jordan and Turkey agreed on the need for the establishment of an Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem – the “two state solution” – as the basis of Middle East peace. “We do not want peace negotiations to start from scratch. There are agreements already signed and we want any future negotiations to be based on them,” he said.

Davutoglu added that the need to resolve the conflict was “crucial,” and that international pressure was key to pushing Israel to make a deal.

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Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon: Israel minister rules out flotilla apology to Turkey

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Source: AFP, 7-21-11

Israel will not “take responsibility” for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals by apologising to Ankara over its botched 2010 raid on a ferry heading for Gaza, a senior cabinet minister said on Thursday.

“We are not ready to apologise, as apologising is taking responsibility,” Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon told reporters in Jerusalem.

“There is no room in my mind for any kind of apology that means taking responsibility,” he said of the pre-dawn raid on a six-vessel flotilla that attempted to sail to Gaza in May 2010 in a bid to break Israel’s naval embargo.

Yaalon’s comments come after several failed attempts by Israel and Turkey to patch up ties that frayed almost to breaking point after commandos stormed the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ferry that was leading the flotilla.

He said Turkish representatives continued to insist that relations could only be restored if Israel apologised for the raid, compensated the families of those killed and the injured, and lifted its blockade on the Gaza Strip.

“We tried very hard to bridge the gap … (but) as long as they insist on this position I can’t see any agreement between the two sides,” he said.

“We are ready to regret the loss of lives, we are ready to create a kind of humanitarian voluntary fund,” he said, explaining that if such a fund were set up by Ankara, Israel would be prepared to pay money into it.

But he said there would be no official apology nor direct compensation offered to the families of those killed and the injured.

“A voluntary fund is acceptable, but compensation … means that you are responsible.”

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has repeatedly said the Jewish state will not apologise for the raid, although privately officials acknowledge that upgrading relations with Ankara would be desirable.

Media reports suggest there is increasing pressure on both sides for a final agreement that would restore once-strong ties between the two countries…. READ MORE

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Israel Political Brief July 21, 2011: Israel minister rules out flotilla apology to Turkey

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Source: AFP, 7-21-11

Israel will not “take responsibility” for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals by apologising to Ankara over its botched 2010 raid on a ferry heading for Gaza, a senior cabinet minister said on Thursday.

“We are not ready to apologise, as apologising is taking responsibility,” Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon told reporters in Jerusalem.

“There is no room in my mind for any kind of apology that means taking responsibility,” he said of the pre-dawn raid on a six-vessel flotilla that attempted to sail to Gaza in May 2010 in a bid to break Israel’s naval embargo.

Yaalon’s comments come after several failed attempts by Israel and Turkey to patch up ties that frayed almost to breaking point after commandos stormed the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara ferry that was leading the flotilla.

He said Turkish representatives continued to insist that relations could only be restored if Israel apologised for the raid, compensated the families of those killed and the injured, and lifted its blockade on the Gaza Strip.

“We tried very hard to bridge the gap … (but) as long as they insist on this position I can’t see any agreement between the two sides,” he said.

“We are ready to regret the loss of lives, we are ready to create a kind of humanitarian voluntary fund,” he said, explaining that if such a fund were set up by Ankara, Israel would be prepared to pay money into it.

But he said there would be no official apology nor direct compensation offered to the families of those killed and the injured.

“A voluntary fund is acceptable, but compensation … means that you are responsible.”…READ MORE

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