DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 30, 2016
Erdogan is restoring the Turkish military to a prominent position in Ankara.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2016
Resumed Jerusalem-Ankara ties interface with the emerging Sunni alliance that Riyadh, Cairo and Ankara are building against Iran.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 11, 2016
Turkish president Tayyip Recep Erdogan has raised another large obstacle on the road to Turkish-Israeli reconciliation and normal ties. Saudi King Salman, who is visiting Cairo, confided to his host Egyptian president Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi that Erdogan had made it clear that he would not finally repair Ankara’s ties with Israel until Sisi came forward to shake his hand, stopped being hostile and turned a new page in their relations. This is revealed exclusively by debkafile’s Middle East and Cairo sources.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 4, 2016
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is caught on the horns of multiple dilemmas: While reluctant to respond to Ankara’s suit for warm relations with a leader, President Tayyip Erdogan, who is shunned by Obama and Putin alike, Turkey is nonetheless offering to be Israel’s best client for its offshore gas. At the same time, ties with the Kurds, with whom Turkey is at war, give Israel its first foothold in northern Syria against hostile Hizballah and Iran as the risk of a breach with Ankara.
DEBKAfile Special Report March 19, 2016
The Foreign Ministry spokesman in Jerusalem Emmanuel Nahshon said that Israeli nationals had been killed and critically injured in the suicide blast that hit Istanbul Saturday, March 19. He did not confirm the deaths released in Turkey of Simcha Damari, Jonathan Suher and Avraham Godman. Another 11 Israelis were injured, three arein dangerous condition and six are still missing. Netanyahu: Israel will be in touch with Ankara to find out if the Israelis were especially targeted.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016
After five years of hostile abuse from Ankara, the Israeli prime minister is playing hard to get against Turkey’s rush to bury the hatchet and resume normal relations. Still at issue is the Hamas operations base in Istanbul.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 3, 2013
Turkish and Iranian Foreign Ministers Ahmet Davutoglu and Javad Zarif signed a secret pact in Ankara covering intelligence cooperation between their two countries Friday, Nov. 1, debkafile reveals exclusively. Although a member of NATO, Turkey undertook under this accord to stop cooperating with third countries in spying on Iran and to roll up anti-Iranian spy rings operating from its soil. From late October, the Erdogan government began enforcing a prohibition on the activities of agents collecting information on Iran from the Turkish side of the Iranian border.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 28, 2013
Israeli jets were reported flying over Damascus by foreign sources in the last few hours Sunday (April 28). debkafile: Iran is pushing Bashar Assad hard to let Hizballah have sophisticated weapons, including self-propelled SA-17 interceptor missile systems.
Turkey badly needed to end row with Israel. Netanyahu’s apology gave Obama a diplomatic breakthrough
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 23, 2013
The Turkish-Israeli reconciliation effected by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s apology was urged strongly by US President Barack Obama, because Ankara urgently needed to revive the military cooperation it cut off with Israel in 2010. debkafile: Without access to Israeli military technology, Turkey’s armed forces are hamstrung. And without full Israeli, Turkish and Jordanian coordination, Obama’s plan for a joint US-led command center against a Syrian chemical warfare contingency can’t take off. But the apology also went down as a gratuous affront to Israeli military pride.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 7, 2012
US military officials said Wednesday, March 7, that President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke away from their dispute over an attack on Iran on March 5 for a serious discussion of the Syrian crisis and Bashar Assad's, hundreds of surface-to-surface missiles armed with chemical and biological warheads. Because this peril has risen to the top of America’s chart of the threats looming over Israel and Turkey, Obama advised Netanyahu to hurry up and mend ties with Ankara.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 6, 2011
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan applied the brakes to the process of reconciliation with Israel when he learned Wednesday, July 6, that the UN inquiry commission into last year's Turkish-led flotilla had ruled Israel's naval blockade on Gaza legal. Eight Turks and a Turkish-American were killed in a clash with Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmora. The UN ruling meant that Israel was within its rights and the Turkish vessel's attempt to break the blockade was illegal.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 2, 2010
Israel has not yet recovered its equilibrium from the falling-out with Turkey - which permits its prime minister Recep Erdogan to successfully pursue his campaign against Jerusalem.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2010
Before leaving for the G20 summit in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 25, 2010
After losing its "only Middle East ally", Israel and Greece are heading for an advantageous strategic partnership. Prime Minister Papandreou hopes for help in overcoming Greece's economic crisis and upgrading his armed forces.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 18, 2010
Ankara undertakes to prevent Israeli warplanes will not use Turkey airspace to attack Iran, Syria and their allies. After breaking off its military ties with Israel, Ankara is turning to Moscow for sophisticated hardware and away from the West. Moscow's price tag may include strategic assets in the Caucasus and Black Sea regions.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2010
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 16, 2010
The USS Harry S. Truman carrier Strike Group of 60 warplanes and 6,000 seamen has turned course from the Persian Gulf and deployed in the Mediterranean within easy reach of potential flare-ups, debkafile's military and
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 3, 2010
Five planes flew out of
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