Tag Archives: Turkey

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41 Killed in Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

41 Killed in Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Suicide bombers struck Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Last I saw, reports said 41 killed and 239 injured. Nobody has claimed responsibility, but Turkish officials believe Islamic State was behind the terror attack. All the Israelis in the airport are accounted for and safe, and Israeli eyewitnesses described the carnage. And the Jerusalem Post

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Turkey Accord Doesn’t End ICC Investigation of Mavi Marmara

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli and Turkish diplomats signed an accord to re-normalize ties. The deal must now be approved by the Turkish parliament and Israeli cabinet. Expect it to pass, but not without a stormy debate in Jerusalem. Times of Israel coverage. Did nobody tell the UN Secretary General about the detente and the

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It’s Official: Israel and Turkey Agree to Restore Ties

Today’s Top Stories 1. Six years after the Mavi Marmara crisis, Israeli and Turkish Prime Ministers Benjamin Netanyahu and Binali Yildirim announced that they reached an agreement in Rome to re-normalize ties. The agreement will be signed tomorrow and then go to the Israeli cabinet and Turkish parliament for confirmation. See Times of Israel and Hurriyet coverage, and Haaretz‘s good

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Abbas Snubs Rivlin in Brussels

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas refused to meet with his Israeli counterpart, Reuven Rivlin in Brussels despite A) prodding from European officials B) Rivlin’s willingness for a little jaw-jaw, and C) Abbas’s history of claims that he’s willing to “immediately” meet with Israeli leaders. Rivlin called Abbas’s snub “strange.” So now Abbas

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Istanbul Jewish Institutions on High Terror Alert

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic State’s planning “imminent” attacks on Jewish schools and youth centers in Turkey according to Sky News. Turkish and Israeli officials are refusing to comment. The most likely target of an attack is Istanbul’s synagogue in Beyoglu, which also has a community centre and a school attached to it.   “In

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Israel Mourns Istanbul Terror Deaths

Today’s Top Stories 1. A suicide bomber in killed four people in central Istanbul including three Israeli tourists. Hurriyet identified the three as Simha Siman Demri, Yonathan Suher, and Avraham Goldman. In all, 39 people were injured, including 11 Israelis. The Times of Israel and YNet have more on who the killed and injured Israelis are.

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Turks, Saudis, Gearing Up for Syrian Ground Offensive

Today’s Top Stories 1. Turkish and Saudi forces are reportedly ready to launch a ground offensive against Islamic State forces in Syria. Iran responded by offering to help defend Syrian air space. Meanwhile, skepticism abounds whether a partial ceasefire will take hold. As it is with the Mideast, all sides involved are positioning themselves for

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Foreign Press Assoc. to Knesset: We’re Not Biased

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and the European Union are in “quiet” talks to reduce tensions caused by the EU’s guidelines for labeling settlement products. Haaretz got the scoop. 2. Yesterday, foreign journalists appeared before a Knesset panel that wanted to hear what reporters had to say about media bias against Israel. Tzipi Livni, head of

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Hamas Operative Quits Turkey

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Jerusalem Post reports that Hamas operative Salah Arouri left Turkey after Ankara came under “unprecedented American and Israeli pressure.” The source claimed that Hamas has advised its top officials to refrain from settling in one country on a permanent basis and to move between different countries.   Al-Arouri is now

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Tensions Rise in Syrian Skies

Today’s Top Stories 1. Did Israel carry out an airstrike on Hezbollah positions in Syria yesterday? Syrian opposition sources say 13 Hezbollah fighters and Syrian soldiers were killed and dozens injured in the Qalamoun area. Israel has never confirmed or denied carrying out air strikes in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war. Israeli

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