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Turkey Rejects Payment, Apology for Terrorist Deaths

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

A Turkish terror group has called on Ankara to reject an Israeli offer of compensation for killing terrorists, and has also called on the government in Ankara to reject Israel’s plea for forgiveness for the attack on Israeli Navy Seals in 2010. 

Ugur Suleyman Soylemez, 59, died on Shabbat, becoming the tenth fatality of the poorly-advised attack by humanitarian activists as IDF sailors enforced Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. Soylemez was a member of Turkey’s Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), a terror group that had been en route to Gaza to provide Hamas terrorists with moral support and raw materials for the latters’ war against Israeli civilians. 

The deceased was part of a lynch mob that attacked with metal rods, knives and possibly guns as they boarded the ship the soldiers as they boarded the vessel, forcing the Israelis to lethal force to defend themselves. Following the incident, Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador to Ankara and essentially froze once-close diplomatic relations. 

Since then, Israel has pleaded with Ankara to repair ties. Jerusalem offered an official apology for the incident last year, and has offered millions of dollars in “compensation” to the families of the Marmarra terrorists. But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused the offers. Reports over the years have indicated that Israel and Turkey have agreed to settlement terms several times, but that Turkey has realised the bar for reconciliation at the last minute. 
 

Peres Sends Condolences to Turkey

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Israel’s embassy in Turkey canceled a celebration of Israel’s Independence Day and President Shimon Peres sent a letter of condolence to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following the mine collapse Wednesday in Manisa that trapped more than 700 miners underground. Erdogan said Wednesday that 238 miners had died and more than 200 remain trapped, while 363 have been rescued.

“I wish to extend my deepest condolences, and those of the people of Israel, to your country on the tragic accident in Manisa,” Peres said in the statement. “We are all shocked at the loss of life of innocent people at work and our thoughts are with the people of Turkey.”

Following a breakdown in relations in 2010, Israel and Turkey have been in reconciliation talks since last year. Recent reports indicate that an agreement is near.

Turkey Backs Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Turkey “will strongly support the reconciliation agreement and offer all humanitarian aid” for the Hamas-Fatah unity government that was announced Wednesday,  Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Gaza’s de facto prime minister Ismail Haniyeh.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan became a fan of Hamas five years ago, at the same time relations with Israel deteriorated. Israel has made amends with Turkey, but the slow return to more normal ties has not affected Erdogan’s support for Hamas. He has stated several time in the past three years he will visit Gaza but has yet to make good on what is seen by Hamas as a promise and by Israel as a threat.

Qatar, whose ruler visited Gaza last year and presented a fat check of hundreds of millions of dollars to Haniyeh. Not surprisingly celebrated the announcement of unity.

Turks Use Israeli Start-Up to Get Past Erdogan’s Twitter Ban

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Turkish Internet users have been getting past Turkish Internet Service Providers (ISPs), thanks to an Israeli Internet start-up called Green Team. While Green Team’s goal is to provide solutions to enable safe access to the Internet for kids, schools and families, the service provider also offers a free, alternative DNS (domain name service) that does not block Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media. Turkish users have been utilizing different methods including using the different DNS’s provided by Green Team to access Twitter, YouTube and other social media.

Back in March, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan banned Twitter from Turkey. “We now have a court order. We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” Erdogan stated at a campaign rally in Bursa on March 20, a day before the ban was officially placed.

When incriminating audio recordings revealing government corruption in Erdogan’s inner circles began appearing on social media sites, Erdogan began taking government actions barring users, stating that his enemies were using those sites against him. Erdogan’s party, Justice and Development Party won in local elections on Sunday, following the Turkish PM’s clampdown on the press and the Internet as well as corruption claims.

Green Team CEO David Allouch told The Times of Israel that his company had noticed significantly more traffic on their servers than usual – with most of them originating from Turkey this past week.

“On Tuesday we noticed there was a lot of traffic on our servers, more than usual,” GreenTeam CEO David Allouch told The Times of Israel. “A check of the IP addresses connecting to us showed that most of them originated in Turkey — with about 100,000 connections from Turkish users over a 24-hour period.”

The traffic spike occurred because Turkish Internet service providers had banned connections to an open server run by Google the previous day. But now that the word is out, Allouch will continue to help out the Turkish users, saying that he believes that his company has an obligation to help them, if they are turning to Green Team. “Starting Thursday, we will set up an alternative DNS server without filtering restrictions, specifically for use by Turkish users.”

In the meantime, Turkey’s highest court challenged the Twitter ban, ruling on Thursday that the government’s block on the on-line messaging service is constitutional, violating freedom of expression and individual rights to citizens.

Turkey to Shut Down Facebook

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

After shutting down Twitter and YouTube, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is working to shut down Facebook, according to Turkish sources.

It’s expected that Facebook will be shut down by tomorrow.

Israel Opens Gates for Turkish Hospital on Ruins of Gush Katif Town

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has approved allowing the entry of  570 truckloads of construction materials, electrical equipment, telecommunications and plumbing materials into Hamas-controlled Gaza for construction of a Turkish hospital on the ruins of the destroyed Jewish community of Netzarim.

Turkey initiated the project three years ago without any coordination with Israel at a time when both countries’ relations were in the deep freeze.

The government of Prime Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who keeps a door open to Iran by embracing the Hamas terrorist government, had no problem in getting around Israel’s restrictions on “dual-use” equipment that also is used to build rockets and factories for weapons used to attack Israel. It simply used tunnels to smuggle equipment for  the 160-bed complex that is to cover 34 acres.

Ya’alon’s announcement came a day after  the Turkish deputy prime minister was quoted as saying that Israel is about to sign on the dotted line to pay millions of dollars to families of terrorists who tried to kill Israeli Navy commandos in the clash on the Mavi Mamara ship four years ago.

It is nice to know that Hamas finally is using the ruins of Gush Katif communities for something other than terrorist training camps. It needs a hospital to care for terrorists who are wounded by Israeli soldiers when they attack Israel with rockets or try to blow up Israeli soldiers at the security fence.

The Israeli government did not ask former residents of Netzarim for permission to bless Turkey’s grand humanitarian gesture.

If there is one place in the world that it is difficult for even President Shimon Peres to think that there will be peace, it is Gaza. Peres was his usual smug self with his head in the clouds when he assured everyone that expelling Jews and withdrawing Israel’s military eyes and ears from Gaza would bring peace and quiet.

After Hamas attacked Ashkelon, and then Ashdod, and Rehovot, the same Shimon Peres as President of the State of Israel, made a fool of himself by saying, in public no less – and this is a paraphrase but very close to the original quote –  “ I can’t understand why Hamas would so such a thing after all that we did for peace.”

The number of Israelis who trust Hamas is close to zero. The more Mahmoud Abbas and the entire Palestinian Authority regime proves to even Israel’s bleeding heart media that the Arabs have no interest in peace with Israel, the more the expulsion wrenches the stomach.

Hamas needs the hospital for Gaza civilians, many of whom have no problem hating Israel while at the same time begging for medical care at Israel’s hospitals. Some of the patients even change their minds after  medical care and realize that Jews actually are human beings and  not apes and pigs depicted by  Muslims preachers.

The idea of a hospital sounds great, but as awful as it is to think, hate is hate and it is a two-way street. Here is the response of one former Netzarim resident to The Jewish Press: “When the hospital is full, it should be blown up.”

That could be the ugly end to this ugly story, but a look at the reasons for the Israeli government’s second marriage with Turkey makes this article even uglier.

Turkey and Israel were great friends for years, carrying out joint military exercises and enjoying a healthy flow of goods and merchandise in two directions. Tens of thousands of Israel tourists flocked to Turkey’s resorts.

All of that changed when Erdogan got on his high horse during the Operation Cast Lead counter-terrorist campaign more than five years ago.

Turkey, Israel May Sign ‘Chelm’ Compensation Deal in April

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Israel is likely to sign soon on the dotted line and pay millions of dollars to families of terrorists who were “victims” of Israeli soldiers who preferred to kill rather than be killed in the Mavi Mamara clash on the high seas four years ago, Turkey’s deputy prime minster said Tuesday.

A compensation agreement may be signed after local Turkish elections March 30, according to Bülent Arınç and reported by Turkey’s Hurriyet News, but local election results in favor of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s could go to his inflated head and encourage him to up the ante.

The exact amount of money has not been announced, but Turkey previously floated the sum of one million dollars for each family so Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu can believe President Barack Obama will work with Turkey on behalf of Israel in the event of an attack Iran, in which case using Turkish air space could be crucial.

Obama’s ability to manipulate Turkish-Israeli ties also gives him diplomatic patsies in a region where the United States has lost all respect and whose influence can only be measured in dollars.

After a deep freeze in relations, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suddenly announced a year ago that Israel indeed was so sorry it had to use force to kill nine Turkish civilian terrorists, one of them with dual American citizenship, who kidnapped at least three Navy commandos and knifed and shot others.

The commandos, in accordance with international law as later affirmed by the United Nations, boarded the Mavi Mamara to prevent it from continuing to Hamas-controlled Gaza, where an embargo is in place to prevent terrorists and arms from reaching shore.

Netanyahu’s apology came almost momentarily after Obama, during his first and probably last visit to Israel as president, convinced Netanyahu to make a 30-minute telephone call to Erdoğan to express his sorrow.

The reconciliation has been stuck because of lack of agreement on how much Israeli taxpayers’’ money will be used to buy off Turkey.

Welcome to Chelm.

Once there is an agreement after the elections, which are occupying the Turkish government’s attention at the moment, Israel and Turkey will resume diplomatic ties and restore their ambassadors, Annc said.

The compensation deal needs approval by the Turkish parliament.

Annc cited President Obama’s involvement, saying, “The lion’s share in the success belongs to Mr. Obama. President Obama used his influence on Israel and appealed for a compromise.”

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