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Russia’s Chief Rabbi: Terrorists Should Not Enjoy Safe Harbors

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar has urged world leaders to unite against terrorism in response to the tragedies in Ankara and Berlin, InterFax reported Tuesday.

“The terrorists are trying to impose their agenda and language on the world, focusing on no negotiations, no value for human life, and murder and intimidation,” Rabbi Lazar stated, suggesting that “the answer to these monstrous crimes, which places them outside the realm of civilized relations, must be to bring together the world’s leaders in the fight against terrorism.”

According to the chief rabbi, regardless of whether those terror attacks were coordinated or done based on individual whim, they showed that terrorism and extremism were “the number one danger in the world today.”

“There should be no safe harbors for the terrorists and their coordinators,” Rabbi Lazar concluded. “Our tolerance only inspires them to commit new bloody crimes.”

A native of Milan, Italy, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Pinchas Lazar grew up in the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, beginning his service in Russia in 1990. In 2000 he became Chief Rabbi of Russia, and chairman of the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia and Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. In September 2005 Lazar became an original member of the 168-member Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation which analyzes draft legislation and monitors Russia’s parliament and government. Rabbi Berel Lazar is known for his friendship with President Vladimir Putin.

David Israel

Shooting Outside US Embassy in Turkey [video]

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

A man with a shotgun fired in the air 5 times outside the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, late Monday night/Tuesday morning. He may have been trying to enter the Embassy building.

Police arrested the man and took him into custody, according to Daily Sabah reporter Ragip Soylu.

While being arrested, the man yelled, “Don’t play with us.”

The Turkish state news agency said the shooter’s name is “Şahin S.”

The US Embassy states the incident is over but advises US citizens to avoid the area until the morning.

This is the second shooting incident in Turkey against foreign diplomats in a day.

This shooting happened just a few hours after the Russian Ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in a nearby art gallery.

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Netanyahu Joins Worldwide Condemnations of Killing of Russia’s Envoy to Turkey

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Monday night condemning the assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey, and warning the attack served as a reminder of the need to rein in the forces of planetary terror.

“Israel condemns the brutal assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov this evening in Ankara,” Netanyahu said. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and to the Russian people. The murder of a diplomat serves as a stark reminder of the need for the civilized world to come together in fighting the forces of terrorism.”

The U.S. State Department said in its own statement, “We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source.”

Ambassador Andrei Karlov was shot in the back at point-blank range at least eight times by an off-duty Turkish riot police officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas.

Turkey’s Interior Ministry said Altintas was born in 1994 in Aydin and graduated from Izmir police academy. Security officials confirmed he used a police ID to enter the art gallery. “It has saddened us and our people. I offer my condolences to the Russian federation and the Russian people,” Suleyman Soylu, the Turkish interior minster, told reporters.

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Altintas is seen in the video yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great, in Arabic), and then saying in Turkish, “Don’t forget Aleppo. Don’t forget Syria. Unless our towns are secure, you won’t enjoy security. Only death can take me from here. Everyone who is involved in this suffering will pay a price.”

According to Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, he also shouted in Arabic, We are the one who pledged allegiance to Muhammad, to wage jihad.”

Several other people were also shot and wounded in the attack. Altintas was eventually shot and killed by Turkish security forces.

The attack took place was the ambassador was speaking at the opening of an art exhibition in the Turkish capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on national television Monday night that the assassination was intended to drive a wedge between Ankara and Moscow in order to disrupt diplomatic relations.

“The crime that was committed is without doubt a provocation aimed at disrupting the normalization of Russian-Turkish relations and disrupting the peace process in Syria that is being actively advanced by Russia, Turkey and Iran,” he said. “There can be only one answer to this – stepping up the fight against terrorism, and the bandits will feel this.” He added that a investigation team would be sent to Ankara to “know who directed the hand of the killer.”

Hana Levi Julian

UPDATED Russian Ambassador to Turkey Assassinated

Monday, December 19th, 2016

UPDATE: A video of the assassin shows a Turkish riot police officer named Mert Altintas fired up to five bullets into the Russian ambassador at point blank range. Altintas yelled “allaha akbar” repeatedly, while waving his gun around and raging about what was happening in Allepo, after murdering Karlov. He was eventually shot dead by security.

Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was shot and killed on Monday. Dec. 19.

The shooting took place while Karlov was making a speech at an art exhibition in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Turkey’s Daily News reported. Hurriyet also reported that a representative from the Russian Embassy “believed that it was a radical Islamist attack,” but other sources said the shooter was a member of Karlov’s own security detail.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement: “We condemn this act of violence, whatever its source.”

Karlov served as ambassador to Turkey since 2013. Prior to his posting in Ankara, Karlov was Russia’s ambassador to North Korea.

The State Department, citing reports of the shooting which took place near the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, advises all Americans to avoid the area until further notice.

Additional information will be provided as details become available.



Lori Lowenthal Marcus

President Rivlin Receives Credentials from Turkey’s Ambassador to Israel

Monday, December 12th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin received the diplomatic credentials of Kemal Ökem, Turkey’s new ambassador to Israel, as part of the closing of the chapter on a six-year-long cold spell.

The president welcomed the Turkish envoy to his official residence in Jerusalem with condolences for the twin suicide bombings Saturday night that took the lives of 44 and wounded another 154.

Rivlin said, “We must find the way to give strength to the voices of peace and stability. We must strengthen our common ground. When I spoke to President Erdogan, we spoke about the situation in Gaza. I want to thank him for his commitment to help return the Israelis and the bodies of our soldiers held by Hamas. Israel like Turkey places great importance in rebuilding the lives of the civilians in Gaza; in infrastructure, economy, energy, water, and more. This must be with the cooperation of the Palestinian Authority. It is also an important way to show that we can live together in this region.”

The new Turkish ambassador said, “Our region has more than its share of challenges but also of big opportunities. As before, Turkey and Israel will work together to make sure that these opportunities are fully utilized and challenges are met… I will do my best to enhance our relations in every field – regardless of any difficulties that we may face, we will be able to overcome together with our partners and friends Israel.

“I am looking forward to closely working with all of the institutions in this country and do my best to cooperate with them. As you have just said Mr President, our hope is that this cooperation will also work for the benefit of other nations, particularly to the Palestinian Authority as well.”

Last week a similar ceremony took place in Ankara when Israeli ambassador to Turkey, Eitan Na’eh, presented his credentials to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hana Levi Julian

Turkey’s New Ambassador Arrives in Israel

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Turkey’s new envoy to Israel, Kemal Okem, has arrived in the Jewish State, several days after his Israeli counterpart presented his credentials in Ankara to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Okem is a foreign policy expert and is known to be a close associate of the Turkish president.

The new ambassador handed a copy of his credentials to Foreign Ministry Director-General Meron Reuben early Sunday in an informal ceremony that came in advance of the more elaborate proceedings slated to take place Monday at the official Presidential Residence in Jerusalem.

Okem arrived on Saturday night. The act of officially presenting his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin will close the curtain on one of the most difficult chapters in the history of Turkish-Israeli relations.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Condemns Istanbul Attack, Expects Turkey to Condemn Terror Against Israel

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his opening remarks at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting to condemn the deadly terrorist attack Saturday night near the Vodafone Arena in central Istanbul, and to call for Turkey to do the same when Israel is targeted by terrorists as well.

At least 38 people were killed, most of whom were police officers, and 155 others were wounded in the double explosions, which occurred at around 10:30 pm. At least one of the blasts is believed to have been the work of a suicide bomber.

Netanyahu condemned the bombing at the morning cabinet meeting, and said he expects Turkey to likewise condemn all attacks on Israel.

“In the struggle against terrorism there must be a mutuality in condemnation, as well as in thwarting the attacks,” he said. “That is Israel’s expectation from all countries with which it has relations.”

The first explosion in Istanbul came from a moving car that directly targeted police near the stadium, according to a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş at a briefing on Sunday (Dec. 11).

The second blast, a suicide bombing, came 45 seconds later as the terrorist detonated his explosives at across from the stadium at Maçka Park.

Security forces later detonated a suspicious car near the scene in a controlled explosion early Sunday morning, Doğan News Agency reported.

Hana Levi Julian

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