'Israel hopes to overcome crisis with Turkey, but won't apologize for Gaza flotilla raid'

BY BARAK RAVID, HAARETZ— Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the ongoing crisis with Turkey on Sunday, saying he “hopes a way will be found to overcome the differences with Turkey,” and adding that “we do not want a further downgrading of the relations.” Speaking at the weekly government meeting, Netanyahu added that the UN-commissioned Palmer report…

Turkey renews strategic ties with Israel ahead of showdown with Syria

BY¬†DEBKAFILE— After more than a year of strained relations, Turkey has decided to restore military and intelligence collaboration in the eastern Mediterranean with Israel as Ankara heads for a military showdown with Syria, according to debkafile’s exclusive military sources. The deal worked out between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu also gives…

Turkey's cautionary tale

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— Today’s Turkey is a cautionary tale for the West. But Western leaders are loath to consider its lessons. Ever since Turkey’s Islamist Justice and Peace AKP party under Recip Tayip Erdogan won the November 2002 elections, Western officials have upheld the AKP, Erdogan and his colleagues as proof that political Islam…

US drops Palestinian-Israeli track, formulates new Turkey-Iran deal

by Debkafile US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the thankless task of writing finis on the Obama administration’s intense two-year effort to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to discuss peace. Her speech to the Saban Forum early Saturday, Dec. 11 was much awaited as Washington’s first comment on the deadlock caused by Israel’s refusal to…

Why Latin America turned

by Caroline Glick, JPost Israelis can be excused for wondering what happened that Brazil and Argentina unexpectedly announced they recognize an independent Palestinian state with its capital city in Israel’s capital city. Israelis can be forgiven for being taken by surprise by their move and by the prospect that Uruguay, and perhaps Paraguay, Chile, Peru,…