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Turkey

Gantz says Turkey opposed to regional peace

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

10/04/2020 JERUSALEM – Israel’s defense minister accused Turkey on Sunday of destabilizing the region and working against peacemaking efforts, and called for international pressure to bring about a change in the NATO power’s conduct. Israel generally shies from public censure of Turkey, with which it maintains trade and diplomatic relations despite the pro-Palestinian stance of … Read More

US ambassador threatens Turkey over pharmaceutical debt

Thursday, September 24, 2020

09/23/2020 The US ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, on Wednesday warned Ankara that American pharmaceutical companies could abandon it if Turkey did not pay its debt. Speaking at the US-Turkey Business Council, Mr Satterfield said Turkey’s debt to US pharmaceutical companies increased from $230 million to $2.3 billion in the past year and was damaging … Read More

Turkey Pushes New Precision-Guided Weapons and Rockets

Monday, August 31, 2020

08/31/2020 Ankara is rapidly expanding its capabilities in rocket engines with the goal of increasing its domestic weapons industry. In the last years Turkey has increased its capabilities in the defense sector by investing heavily in new drones and missiles. It wants to achieve a kind of total independence from western manufacturers. Towards this end … Read More

Turkey Gave Hamas Members Passports, Israel Claims

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

08/26/2020 Turkey has given passports to a dozen Hamas members in Istanbul, a senior Israeli diplomat said on Wednesday, describing the move as “a very unfriendly step” which his government would raise with Turkish officials. Speaking days after Turkey’s president met visiting Hamas leaders, charge d’affaires Roey Gilad said Israel had already told Turkey last year that Hamas … Read More

US State Department Slams Turkey for Hosting Hamas Heads

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

08/25/2020 The US State Department on Tuesday condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for hosting two leaders of the Hamas terror group in Istanbul over the weekend. Erdogan met with a Hamas delegation that included politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh and the terror group’s No. 2, Saleh al-Arouri — a top military commander who has a … Read More

Turkey’s President Hosts Hamas Leaders, Including ‘Designated Terrorist’ With $5 Million Bounty

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

08/23/2020 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted a large delegation of Hamas leaders in Istanbul on Saturday. According to NBC News correspondent Raf Sanchez, who posted a photo of the meeting on Twitter, the delegation included Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri, a wanted terrorist with a $5 million bounty on his head. In its profile on al-Arouri, the website Rewards … Read More

Turkey Grants Citizenship To Hamas Operatives Plotting Terror Attacks From Istanbul

Friday, August 14, 2020

08/13/2020 Turkey is granting citizenship to senior operatives of a Hamas terrorist cell, the Telegraph has learned, raising fears that the Palestinian group will have greater freedom to plot attacks on Israeli citizens around the world. Turkish identity papers seen by the Telegraph show that at least one of 12 senior Hamas members, who are … Read More

Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Opens as Mosque with Erdoğan Reciting First Prayer

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan joined hundreds of Muslim worshippers in Istanbul on Friday for the first prayers from the Koran in nearly 90 years inside the Hagia Sophia, once one of Christianity’s most important cathedrals, reported the AP. Over the centuries, the cathedral had been converted into a mosque and then a museum, and now … Read More

Turkey Is Increasingly Becoming A Threat To Israel

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The rising chorus of anti-Israel statements from Turkey, particularly when it comes to the toxic blending of religious and extreme nationalist rhetoric from the ruling party, is becoming an increasing threat to Israel and regional stability. After Turkey announced that it would turn the museum of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, President Recep Tayyip … Read More

Turkey’s President Formally Makes Hagia Sophia a Mosque

Friday, July 10, 2020

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday formally reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it into a museum. The decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia — a former cathedral that was turned into a … Read More