Tag: Turkey

Erdoğan’s overtures to Russia part of wider diplomatic bridge-building

Even tough guys have to say sorry sometimes, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is no exception. But the regrets expressed this week by Turkey’s famously stubborn president over last November’s shooting down of a Russian military plane have an ulterior purpose. Erdoğan boxed Turkey into a diplomatic corner in recent years. Now he’s on the ropes […]

Turkish President Apologizes to Putin for Downing of Russian Military Jet

Turkish President Apologizes to Putin for Downing of Russian Military Jet   Putin has received a message from Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing his “sympathy and deep condolences” to the family of the killed pilot and apologized, Dmitry Peskov told reporters.   Russia reacted with ire after Turkey in November shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber […]

Senior Hamas officials blast Israel-Turkey normalization deal

Shortly after Turkey and Israel forged a reconciliation deal, six years after the Mavi Marmara incident, senior Hamas officials revealed on Monday their opposition to the deal, claiming that the Palestinian terror organization was not a party to its consolidation.   Hamas’s foreign relations Chief Osama Hamdan brushed off a remark written by a prominent […]

Palestinian Authority source: Israel-Turkey deal is a political trick, Erdogan is using Gaza

Despite the fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to update him on Ankara’s reconciliation agreement with Israel, PA sources said Monday that the deal will perpetuate Palestinian divisions and will not help the Gaza Strip.   “Israel and Erdogan’s Islamic party are the only ones who will be […]

Palestinian Authority source: Israel-Turkey deal is a political trick, Erdogan is using Gaza

Despite the fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to update him on Ankara’s reconciliation agreement with Israel, PA sources said Monday that the deal will perpetuate Palestinian divisions and will not help the Gaza Strip.   “Israel and Erdogan’s Islamic party are the only ones who will be […]

Two-thirds of Israeli Jews oppose Turkey deal, poll finds

56 percent of the Israeli public opposes the accord between Israel and Turkey, according to a Midgam poll broadcast Monday night on Channel 10. 33% support it.   Among Israeli Jews, 65% are against it and just 24% back it. When asked whether the deal should have been conditioned on the return of the bodies […]

Erdogan: Israel deal achieved all the conditions

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday night addressed the reconciliation agreement his country signed with Israel, saying Turkey would seek to improve the living standards of the people of Gaza following the agreement.   Speaking to tradesmen at an iftar dinner in the Presidential Complex in Ankara and quoted by the Daily Sabah newspaper, […]

Israeli, Turkish leaders look to gain from reconciliation

Israel and Turkey struck a broad reconciliation pact Monday that will restore full diplomatic relations after six years of animosity between the once-close Mideast powers.   The deal gave a welcome boost to the leaders of the two countries, both of whom have seen their international standing deteriorate in recent months. But differences remain over […]

Benjamin Netanyahu to Kerry: Turkey deal to have immense impact on Israeli economy

ROME – An agreement to normalize ties with Turkey after six years will have a positive impact on Israels economy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.Speaking after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, Netanyahu said the agreement, announced by Israeli and Turkish officials on Sunday, was “an important step”.”It has also […]

Analysis: The winner from the Israel-Turkey détente

Hamas and Turkey come out as the winners in the upcoming deal if reports in the Israeli media are correct.   Israel apparently has agreed to the presence of Hamas in Turkey as long as it does not involve itself directly in terrorist attacks against Israel, but limits itself to political and other supposedly nonviolent […]