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May 27, 2016 / 19 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Turkey’s PM Ahmet Davutoglu Resigns

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu resigned from his post on Thursday afternoon.

Davutoglu told journalists at a news conference that followed the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party’s central executive committee meeting, “I have worked with my heart and soul. There was no fallout from the AK Party structure during my chairmanship.

Davutoglu explained that his decision to resign was made “out of necessity,” saying, “I think that it is right to step down for the continuity of AK Party’s unity and solidarity,” according to Turkey’s Daily Sabah news site.

Erdogan has long been pressuring the party – and the country – for a Constitutional change that would create a presidential leadership government, one without a prime minister.

“Strong AK Party governments will continue in the next four years. Determined operations against terror groups are successfully continuing,” he said. “No investments were left unfinished and there were no setbacks during my tenure as prime minister,” he added.

Davutoglu said he would not run as a candidate for party leadership in the May 22 party congress. However, he said, “I will not tolerate any speculations about my relationship with President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan. My loyalty to the president will last to the end.”

It is not yet clear how Davutoglu’s resignation will affect Turkey’s diplomatic talks with Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel to Open Permanent Office at NATO Headquarters in Brussels

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced Israel will accept an invitation from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to open a permanent office at its Brussels headquarters in Belgium.

The invitation allegedly came after Turkey lifted a veto that blocked the upgrade five years ago. If true, it is another move that signals a warming of the ‘big chill’ between Ankara and Jerusalem since 2010.

“This is something we worked on for many years,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“I think this is important to Israel’s standing in the world. The countries of the world want to cooperate with us because of our determined struggle against terrorism, because of our technological knowledge, our intelligence deployment and other reasons.”

Israel is currently a participant in the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue, together with Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, Mauritania and Morocco.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Material Well-Being and National Wealth Stats Up Across the Board

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Real national disposable income per capita in Israel has gone up by 1.7% in 2014 compared with the year before, reaching a level of 119% compared with the year 2000, Israel’s Central Board of Statistics announced on Wednesday.

In 2014, the government debt as a percentage of GDP (65%) was lower than that of France (85%), Spain (88%), the UK (94%), the US (98%), and Italy (127%). It was higher than Germany’s (48%), the Czech Republic (46%), Sweden (44%), Turkey (37%), Switzerland (21%), and Norway (17%).

Between the years 2008-2011 there was a moderate rise in net income inequality in Israel (according to the Gini coefficient, a.k.a. the Gini index or Gini ratio — a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents, which is the most commonly used measure of inequality.) It was followed by a downward trend in the Gini index until 2013, but remains high in Israel, compared with other OECD countries — higher than the US, Turkey, Mexico and Chile.

In 2013, the net annual income per standard capita was 91,604 shekel ($24,283), a rise of 5% compared with the year before, in 2013 rates. The net annual reported income per standard capita in Jewish households was double the amount in Arab households.

In 2013, Israel’s household debt as a percentage of GDP (47%) was significantly lower than most other OECD countries, such as Spain (79%), France (63%), Germany (56%), and Italy (49%). It was still higher than that of Poland (35%), Slovakia (32%), and Hungary (31%).

58% of Israelis ages 20 and up were satisfied with their economic situation in 2014: 59% of men, 57% of women.

Israeli Jews were more satisfied than Israeli Arabs — 60% vs. 48% respectively.


Armenian Genocide

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Armenians protest with flags and signs in front of the Turkish Consulate in Sheikh Jarach, Jerusalem, as they mark the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on April 24, 2016.

The massacres, were carried out by Turkey, began in April 1915.

Armenian communities around the world mark the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians, on April 24 each year with marches, vigils and rallies to demand recognition from the world community, and reparations from Turkey.

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Turkey Retaliates Against ISIS Rocket Fire From Syria

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Turkish military forces struck Da’esh (ISIS) targets across the southeastern border in Syria on Wednesday in retaliation for three days of rocket fire.

More than a dozen people were injured and at least two people were killed since Sunday in the attacks.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in a televised speech the Turkish army “struck back in line with its rules of engagement.”

The southern Turkish province of Kilis was struck Wednesday morning by Katyusha rocket fire from across the border in Syria. Four rockets struck two different areas in the region at about 9:10 am, landing in open fields. No casualties were reported, according to the Hurriyet Daily News.

One day earlier (April 12), two people were killed and six were wounded when two rockets landed in the same province, less than a day after a barrage from Syria had struck the area.

On April 11, three rockets were fired at Kilis from a Syrian region under the control of the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization. Twelve people were reported wounded in that attack.

The rocket landed in an open field, according to the report. No one was injured and no damage was reported.

Hana Levi Julian

3 Wounded in Central Istanbul Bus Stop Bombing

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

At least three people were wounded Saturday night after a bomb detonated at a bus stop in the Mecidiyeköy neighborhood of the Şişli district, in central Istanbul. It is one of the more prominent business quarters of Turkey’s largest city.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack. Earlier in the day, Turkish police discovered a suspicious bag at another bus stop. The security forces deployed a bomb squad robot to safely detonate the bomb within.

The blast came just hours after a ‘credible threat’ alert from the U.S. embassy in Turkey, warning citizens to stay away from tourist sites and crowded areas in Istanbul and Antalya.

The American alert followed a renewed “high concrete threat” warning on Friday by Israel to its citizens. Israel’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged Israelis to leave Turkey at once, and advised those who were planning to travel to the country to postpone their trips for now.

Emergency response teams sealed off the area as Turkish police and security personnel swarmed in to determine who was behind the bombing.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel, US Warn Citizens to Leave Turkey Immediately Due to ‘High Concrete Threat’

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Both Israel and the United States are warning their citizens to leave Turkey immediately in the face of “credible” terror threats.

The warning from the U.S. Embassy in Ankara followed Israel’s “high concrete threat” barely a day later.

“Following a situational assessment, we are reiterating and sharpening the high level of threat in Turkey,” read the warning posted by the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau (NSCCTB).

A Da’esh suicide bomber in Istanbul targeted a group of Israelis and other tourists in an attack on March 19, 2016 that left four people dead, three of them Israeli, and wounded 39 others, including 11 Israelis.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a travel alert for Turkey towards the end of last month less than two weeks later, warning of another impending attack.

This weekend, the bureau repeated and sharpened its warning, saying that it recommends that Israelis “avoid traveling to the country and those who are there, leave as soon as possible…Israeli tourists currently in Turkey are asked to refrain from going to crowded tourist sites. Follow the instructions of local security officials and the media, and leave the country as soon as possible. To the families of Israeli tourists, please update your relatives about this warning,” the advisory adds.

“There are immediate risks of attacks being carried out in the country, and we stress the threat applies to all tourism sites in Turkey.”

The U.S. warned its citizens in an emergency travel warning published on the website of the embassy in Turkey Saturday night. The warning advised citizens of “credible threats to tourist areas, in particular to public squares and docks in Istanbul and Antalya. Please exercise extreme caution if you are in the vicinity of such areas,” the American travel warning stated.

Antalya is a major tourist attraction on Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline. Millions of people are drawn to the site every year, making it a perfect target for terrorists.

Turkey is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting against Da’esh (ISIS) terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Coalition aircraft use an air base located in Turkey, at the southeastern city of Incirlik, to bomb Da’esh targets.

In addition, Turkish citizens have been targeted by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist organization, based in southeastern Turkey as well.

Hana Levi Julian

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