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‘Enough is enough,’ Turkey’s FM Davutoğlu tells Israel

Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, lashed out at Israel over it’s (in Davutoglu’s opinion) uncompromising stance on key issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “Enough is enough. Longer the Palestinian-Israeli issue remained unresolved, greater the price peoples of the region including Turkey pay. Israelis should decide on they want,” Davutoglu told a Washington D.C.-based think thank. Davutoglu urged … Continue reading

Analysis: Turkey challenges Iran in Somalia

Turkey’s newfound increased interest in Somalia, often  regarded as a “failed state,” is not founded merely on the intense humanitarian disaster underway in the country; there are geopolitical aspirations, as well. Somalia’s strategic location on the Horn of Africa promises fantastic benefits for future trade deals. A more subtle cause of Turkey’s increased interest, though, is to counter Iran’s aggressive efforts … Continue reading

Report: Saudi Arabia to recognize Syrian National Council

Saudi Arabia will recognize the Syrian National Council, according to Saud al-Faisal, the Saudi Foreign Minister. The Syrian National Council serves as the main opposition group, composed of exiles and based in Istanbul, Turkey. It is also in command of the Free Syrian Army, a group made of defected members of the Syrian military which has … Continue reading

Jewish American publisher faces criticism for suggesting Netanyahu consider the assassination of President Obama

A recent column by the publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times, Andrew Adler, has created a firestorm. In “What would you do?”, Adler suggested the assassination of U.S. President Barack Obama as a way for Israel to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The U.S. Secret Service did not comment on whether Andrew Adler’s suggestion … Continue reading

Israelis warned of imminent terror attack in Bangkok

Both US and Israeli embassies have issued travel warnings for their citizens in and around the capital of Thailand, Bangkok. This comes after the warning of a possible terror attack in the area and the apprehension of a Lebanese national thought to be a member of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The Thai police are further … Continue reading

Former aide says Ron Paul is anti-Israel

A former congressional and campaign aide to Republican primary candidate Ron Paul argues that his former boss is not a racist or an anti-Semite but does say that he is “most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general.” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, United States Click here for the full story

US earmarks $235 million for Israel’s defense systems

The Unites States has announced it will allocate $235 million for the development of safeguards against rockets and missiles that could be launched towards Hezbollah and Iran. This unprecedented sum comes at an unexpected time, while the American government is dealing with large budget cuts, including at the Pentagon. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

Slamming of Europe stirs tempest in Israel

The Foreign Ministry’s statement on Wednesday slamming four European countries for their condemnation of Israel stirred a mini-tempest on Thursday… but in Israel, not Europe. Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in an Israel Radio interview, characterized the angry Foreign Ministry statement as an example of being right, but not smart. Jerusalem Post, Israel Click here for the full … Continue reading

France passes ‘genocide’ bill

France put at risk its ties with Turkey, a key NATO ally and one of Europe’s fastest growing economies, on Thursday, when lawmakers debated a bill to ban the denial of the Armenian claims regarding the events of 1915. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Turkey recalls Paris envoy over genocide law: embassy

Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Paris in protest at a decision by the French parliament to back a law banning denial of the Armenian claims, a spokesman for the embassy said Thursday. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Israel says European U.N. states’ criticism is wrong

Israel Wednesday said four European U.N. Security Council members should support a resumption of stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks because their criticism of the Jewish state could sideline them from negotiations. Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

PA sign free trade agreement with Mercosur

The Palestinian Authority signed a free trade agreement on Tuesday with South American trading bloc Mercosur. The free trade agreement has been negotiated for the past year and represents the first such deal between Palestine and a bloc of nations outside of the Middle East. Ma’an News Agency, Palestine Click here for the full story

Germany urges Israel to refrain from settlement tenders

Germany urged Israel Monday to refrain from publishing tenders for the building of new settlement housing in east Jerusalem and the West Bank saying it sent a “devastating message” for peace efforts. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

Post-Iran deal fiasco, India gets Israel’s gas offer

Israel, which suddenly finds itself flush with natural gas, has offered to export it to India. Iran, which could have been a major supplier, cancelled a huge deal to India after it had been signed, following India’s vote against its nuclear programme in the IAEA. The Times of India, India Click here for the full story

Turkey Slams France Over Genocide Bill

Turkey’s prime minister on Saturday sharply criticized France for a bill that would make it a crime to deny the World War I-era mass killing of Armenians was genocide. Saying France should investigate what he said was its own “dirty and bloody history” in Algeria and Rwanda, Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Turkey would respond “through all … Continue reading

Tunisia lifts arrest warrant against Arafat widow

Tunisia has decided to lift an international arrest warrant for alleged corruption issued in October against Suha Arafat, the widow of the late Palestinian leader, a judicial spokesman said Friday. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

US proposal links Palestinian Authority aid to halting UN push

The US Congress would allow American economic aid to the Palestinian Authority to continue next year so long as Palestine is not admitted as a state to any more United Nations organizations, under a proposal released on Thursday. The measure pending before lawmakers would appear to give Palestinians a pass on the UN organization they have … Continue reading

Secret EU paper aims to tackle Israel’s treatment of Arab minority

The European Union should consider Israel’s treatment of its Arab population a “core issue, not second tier to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” according to a classified working paper produced by European embassies in Israel. This is an unprecedented document in that it deals with internal Israeli issues. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story

Iceland formally recognises Palestinian state

Iceland formally recognised the Palestinian state at a ceremony in Reykjavik on Thursday, becoming one of the few Western European countries and NATO members to do so. Agence France-Presse, France Click here for the full story

US proposes Israel-Turkey compromise

Washington has proposed a formula for ending the diplomatic stand-off between Israel and Turkey. The US plan calls for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Turkish counterpart Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to hold a secret telephone conversation, following which each will make a separate announcement to his nation. “Ma’ariv” reported this morning that Erdogan … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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