Tag: Turkey

Turkey joins Qatari bid to broker Israel-Hamas deal

According to various sources in Gaza, the basic plan, which has been dubbed “Tahdiat Ala’amar” (ceasefire for reconstruction) in the Strip, will include a five-year moratorium on hostilities between the two sides.   Turkey’s contribution to the plan is the idea of creating a floating harbor across from the Strip’s coast, where ships bringing merchandise to Gaza can drop anchor. […]

Turkey’s Rage over Armenian Genocide Hurts Turks

That is the question some analysts are asking themselves in the days following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s condemnation of Pope Francis I. Francis referred to the Armenian “Genocide” as one of the three greatest mass murders of the 20th century in a joint mass with Armenian priests. He grouped the Armenian Genocide with the Holocaust […]

EU Parliament Recognizes Armenian Genocide

The European Union parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favor of recognizing the mass-murder of Armenians by Ottomoan Turkey in 1915 as a genocide.   The decision to recognize the genocide – which saw more than 1.5 million Christian Armenians perish at the hands of Muslim Turkish forces – is sure to enrage Turkey’s Islamist leadership, […]

Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists

A nationwide blackout across Turkey has thrown the country into chaos.   Power outages have been reported in dozens of cities throughout the country due to a fault on power transmission lines, according to Turkey’s Electricity Transmission Company TEİAŞ’s statement.   Prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said that a crisis-desk at the Ministry of Energy has […]

Turkey’s Erdogan says can’t tolerate Iran bidding to dominate Middle East

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that Iran has been trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.   “It is really not possible to tolerate this. Iran has to understand,” Erdogan told a press conference, adding that Tehran should […]

Killings Deepen Rift as Turks Accuse Netanyahu of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’

If the Paris attacks unleashed a powerful demonstration of unity, with world leaders gathering to denounce terrorism, they also touched off a divisive new chapter in the war of words between Turkey and Israel, once stalwart allies but now bitter rivals.   The latest exchange came on Thursday when Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey […]

Turkish PM says Benjamin Netanyahu on par with Paris attackers

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday compared his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu to the Islamist militants who carried out attacks last week in Paris, saying both had committed crimes against humanity.   “Just as the massacre in Paris committed by terrorists is a crime against humanity, Netanyahu, as the head of the government that […]

Abbas in Turkey vows to return to Security Council with renewed statehood bid

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Monday that the Palestinians would become full members of the International Criminal Court as of April 1.   Abbas made the announcement during a joint press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara.   Abbas said that the Palestinians would soon go back to the UN […]

Palestinian Authority accuses Hamas of plotting against it from Turkish headquarters

Israel and Egypt have Hamas pinned inside Gaza after destroying hundreds of tunnels leading out of the Palestinian enclave, but the terrorist group is coordinating its efforts in the West Bank with logistical help from a command center more than 500 miles away in Turkey, according to Palestinian Authority officials.   The PA and the […]

Turkey calls for international cooperation to ‘protect’ al-Aksa Mosque

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Ankara is working to establish the “International Quds Foundation” in order “to protect” the al-Aksa Mosque from “Israeli aggression”.   Kurtulmus said that Turkey calls on all countries to cooperate against Israel’s “assaults” in Jerusalem (al-Quds in Arabic), the Turkish Anadolu Agency, the official government news agency in […]