Amidror: Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Will Have Little Impact on Hamas - Ben Hartman (Jerusalem Post)
Former Israeli national security adviser Maj.-Gen. (res.) Yaakov
Amidror said Monday that Israel-Turkey reconciliation will have little
impact on Hamas since "Turkey doesn't have the influence people think
they have on Hamas."
He added that even the major civilian infrastructure projects that
Turkey is planning in Gaza won't be enough to sway Hamas
Erdogan Slams Israel over Jerusalem (Times of Israel)
Hours after his country announced a reconciliation agreement with
Israel, Turkish President Erdogan on Monday said that despite the
agreement, Turkey would continue to address the grievances of the
Palestinians and object to "Israel's unlawful practices in Jerusalem and
in [the] Al-Aqsa [mosque]."
Consequences of Israel's Six-Year Break with Turkey - Herb Keinon (Jerusalem Post)
The six-year break in relations between Israel and Turkey had a number of unintended but significant consequences.
In 2008, 560,000 Israelis vacationed in Turkey; by 2011 the number of Israeli tourists fell to 79,000.
In 2009, the two countries did $2.6 billion in bilateral trade; by 2014 that number jumped to $5.4 billion.
After the Syrian civil war prevented Turkish exports through Syria to
Arab countries and the Persian Gulf, in 2015 more than 10,000 Turkish
trucks arrived by sea to Haifa, then drove across Israel to Jordan and
The breakdown of ties with Turkey led to a significant warming of
Israel's ties with Cyprus and Greece - both bitter historic rivals of
In the wake of the Mavi Marmara incident, Ankara canceled more
than a dozen arms deals with Israel and ended the use of Turkish
airspace for training by the Israel Air Force. Alternative locales for
training were found in Romania and Bulgaria.
Four Suicide Bombers Attack Christian Village in Lebanon - Zeina Karam (AP-ABC News)
Four suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests in the
Lebanese Christian village of Qaa near the border with Syria on Monday,
killing five people and wounding at least 15.
Civilian security guards in the village saw the suspicious men at 4
a.m. and called out to them, when they threw a hand grenade.
Then one suicide attacker blew himself up in front of a home, and three
other attackers followed, detonating their suicide vests one after the
other as people gathered.
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- Turkey, Israel Sign Deal to Normalize Ties
An agreement to restore ties was formally signed on Tuesday by Turkey's
Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu in Ankara and
Israel's Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold in Jerusalem.
See also below Observations - Netanyahu: How the Agreement with Turkey Serves Israel's Interests (Prime Minister's Office)
- U.S. Eyes Israeli Short-Range Missile Interceptor for Europe Defense - Dan Williams
The U.S. has tested the Tamir short-range interceptor missile used by
Israel's Iron Dome system with a view to incorporating it or a future
American counterpart in European-based air defenses against Russia.
During a visit to Israel, Maj.-Gen. Glenn Bramhall of the U.S. Army's
Air and Missile Defense Command said he saw a new need to complement his
corps' mid-range Patriot and THAAD interceptors. Iron Dome provides
coverage against rockets with ranges of between 5 km. (3 miles) and 150
km. (95 miles), Israeli experts say.
See also U.S. Air Defense Commander: We Can Learn So Much from What Israel Does - Yaakov Lappin
U.S. Maj.-Gen. Glenn Bramhall, responsible for air defenses in
Washington, D.C., told the Israel Air Missile Defense Conference on
Monday, "The Israel Defense Forces have taken the necessary steps to
dominate the air space." Those who fail to dominate the sky are destined
to be buried under it, he warned. "We in the U.S. Army can learn so
much from what Israel does." (Jerusalem Post)
- Nasrallah: Hizbullah Wouldn't Exist without Iran - Majid Rafizadeh
In a speech broadcast on Friday, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah
scoffed at recent U.S. sanctions, stating that these will not impact
his group since Hizbullah receives full financial and arms support from
the Islamic Republic of Iran. "We do not have any business projects or
investments via banks.... Hizbullah's budget, its income, its expenses,
everything it eats and drinks, its weapons and rockets, come from the
Islamic Republic of Iran...[and] will not be affected" by any fresh
"As long as Iran has money, we have money."
Previously, when sanctions were imposed on Iran, Tehran had to
reduce its funding to Hizbullah.
U.S. money transfers to Iran and sanctions relief appear to have
empowered and emboldened both the Iranian government and the Hizbullah
leader. The U.S. is now seemingly playing a critical role in assisting
and facilitating the ways through which Hizbullah receives significant
aid from the Iranian government. (Al Arabiya)
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- Netanyahu Meets Kerry in Rome - Herb Keinon
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State
John Kerry at the residence of the American ambassador in Rome on
Sunday evening and Monday morning. Netanyahu said he discussed with
Kerry "how we can advance the [peace] process with the Palestinians,
difficult though it may be." (Jerusalem Post)
- Palestinians Stone Jewish Worshipers at Western Wall in Jerusalem - Nir Hasson
Palestinians threw rocks at Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall on
Tuesday, striking a 73-year-old woman in the head on a third day of
confrontations involving the adjacent Temple Mount. Police arrested 11
masked Palestinian rioters. (Ha'aretz)
- Abbas Aide: "Wherever You See an Israeli, Slit His Throat" - Dov Lieber
Sultan Abu al-Einein, an adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and a
Fatah Central Committee member, said during an interview with the
Palestinian news site Donia al-Watan: "Wherever you find an
Israeli, slit his throat." The comment came in response to a question
about normalization between members of Fatah and Israel. (Times of Israel)
- Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Is Good for America - Benny Avni
Having America's two most powerful regional allies work together, rather
than fight each other, is good for everyone. Israel, Egypt, Saudi
Arabia and the Gulf countries are challenged by Shiite Iran and by the
Islamic State. Turkey is now joining that alliance.
"The Turks reject Iran's aspirations for regional hegemony," Dore
Gold, the director general of Israel's Foreign Ministry, told Israel Radio.
"It doesn't take a Henry Kissinger" to understand that the agreement
"adds to our security and facilitates cooperation in other fields." (New York Post)
- Turks Were Responsible for Creating Rift with Israel - Avi Issacharoff
It was the Turks who were responsible for creating the crisis in
relations with Israel.
It was they who dispatched that flotilla to Gaza in 2010, knowing full
well that the vessels would not reach their destination, and that Gaza
was getting aid supplies in any case from Israel. It was the Turks who
prolonged the crisis for years, despite Netanyahu's apology during the
March 2013 visit by President Obama to Israel.
The Turks have already announced that they will be dispatching an
aid ship to Ashdod port this week overflowing with humanitarian aid. But
this is media spin. Aid ships anchor almost every day at Ashdod full
of goods intended for Gaza.
(Times of Israel)
- Why Turkey Needed to Reconcile with Israel - Armin Rosen
Turkey is far weaker, less stable, and more vulnerable than it was six
years ago. The failure and eventual removal of Egypt's short-lived,
Turkish-supported, Muslim Brotherhood-led government reduced some of
Ankara's influence and appeal. But the defining event for Turkish
regional policy has been the civil war in Syria. ISIS has carried out
repeated attacks inside Turkey. Moreover, Turkey's military and
political influence in northern Syria has been reduced as ISIS and then
Syrian Kurdish fighters took over nearly the entirety of the
Syrian-Turkish border region.
- Israel and Brexit - Oded Eran and Vera Michlin-Shapir
The crisis in Europe will most likely weaken the ability and impulse of
EU member countries to deal with Middle East issues, including the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as Europe will be preoccupied with keeping
the union together, though in recent years Britain was a force for
moderation with respect to EU policy toward the conflict.
On the other hand, Israel remains concerned about the increasing
support for Muslim fundamentalist forces in Europe and growing
anti-Semitism on the continent. While Israel will continue to function
in the sub-bodies of the EU, its influence will be weakened following
the British exit.
Dr. Oded Eran, a former director of INSS, served as Israel's ambassador to the EU and Jordan.
Vera Michlin-Shapir is a research associate at INSS.
(Institute for National Security Studies)
Netanyahu: How the Agreement with Turkey Serves Israel's Interests (Prime Minister's Office)
"Israel has reached an agreement of strategic importance for the
State of Israel, for security, for regional stability and for the
Israeli economy....The world and the Middle East are in turmoil and my
policy is to create centers of stability in this unstable and stormy
region....Israel and Turkey are two major powers in the region and the
break between us is not good for our vital interests."
"The first thing in this agreement is protection for IDF
commanders and soldiers from criminal and civil claims, both those being
prosecuted now and those that might be prosecuted in the future....The
agreement...stipulates that the Turkish parliament will pass a law
cancelling all of these processes in Turkey."
"The second thing that this agreement gives is maintaining the
maritime security blockade of the Gaza Strip....This interest is vital
to prevent the strengthening of Hamas....Of course, we are allowing
ships to dock at Ashdod port and unload civilian and humanitarian
cargoes there for the Gaza Strip."
"The third thing that this agreement does, along with
maintaining the security arrangement, is to allow for dealing with
humanitarian issues in the Gaza Strip, subject to Israel's security
procedures and considerations....Beyond the humanitarian consideration,
this is also an outstanding interest of Israel's, especially in two
areas - water and electricity."
"An additional thing that the agreement gives is a commitment
to prevent all terrorist or military activity against Israel from
Turkish soil, including collecting funds for these purposes."
agreement opens the way to cooperation on economic and energy matters,
including the gas issue...creating markets for the gas that we are
extracting from the sea....[Israel's] Leviathan [gas field] could supply
both the Egyptian market that we intend to work with and also the
Turkish market, as well as the supply of gas through Turkey to Europe."
In announcing the agreement with Turkey on Monday in Rome, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: