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Turkey refuses U.S. mediation in crisis with Israel

Turkey does not need United States’ mediation to solve a long-lasting crisis with Israel over a deadly 2010 flotilla raid, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday. “We do not need mediation … for Israel in any way,” Davutoglu said during a televised press conference in the central province of…

Turkey wants strong ties with Arab Spring countries

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Monday begin an “Arab Spring” tour to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in a bid to forge stronger ties as relations with Israel are sinking to new lows over a flotilla row. The visit to Egypt comes amid a state of high alert…

Israel calls Turkey’s threat to send warships ‘grave and serious’

A top Israeli minister on Friday described as “grave and serious” a threat by Ankara to send warships to escort any aid vessels trying to reach the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s naval blockade. Israel and Turkey have been locked in a bitter dispute since May 2010 when Israeli…

Turkish PM freezes trade, military ties with Israel

ANKARA — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Tuesday a total freeze in trade and defense ties with Israel amid a dispute with the Jewish state. “We are totally suspending our trade, military, defense industry relations,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency.…

Turkey, Israel hold secret talks to repair ties

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey and Israel held secret talks to seek a way out of a deep crisis in bilateral ties since a deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, officials said Thursday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer met Wednesday in Brussels, where Davutoglu…

Israeli raid ‘puts Obama stuck between a rock and a hard place’

WASHINGTON – The Obama team was caught Wednesday between a rock and a hard place as it tried to navigate between key allies Israel and Turkey following an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship, analysts said. U.S.-Turkish ties have already come under strain over Ankara’s diplomacy with Iran and…

Turkish PM calls Israeli ship raid a ‘massacre’

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s prime minister sharply criticized Israel for the “bloody massacre” that killed nine people on a Gaza-bound aid vessel and warned Tuesday that no one should test Turkey’s diplomatic patience. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told lawmakers in the Parliament that the Israeli military action was an…

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