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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Source: Turkish Presidency via Twitter.

Bennett thanks Erdoğan for help in releasing imprisoned Israeli couple

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday, thanking him for his help in releasing an Israeli couple being held in the country for eight days on suspicion...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his official visit to Serbia in 2017. Credit: Sasa Dzambic Photography/Shutterstock.

Israeli officials fear Turkey’s Erdoğan will exploit imprisoned Israeli couple as political pawns

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An Israeli couple was arrested by Turkish police on Friday in Istanbul for taking pictures of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s residence while touring the country. They have been charged with political and military espionage. Israeli officials...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on Nov. 14, 2021. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Bennett: Israel ‘doing everything’ to secure release of couple arrested in Turkey

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that everything possible was being done to secure the release of the Israeli couple arrested in Turkey on Friday, who face charges of political and military...
Turkish police in Diyarbakır, Turkey, on Jan. 18, 2016. Credit: Mahmut Bozarslan via Wikimedia Commons.

Report: Turkey arrests 15 on suspicion of spying for Israel

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Turkish media outlets on Thursday reported that 15 individuals had been arrested on suspicion of spying for Israel, following a large-scale operation by local security forces. According to local reports, 200 members of the...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his official visit to Serbia in 2017. Credit: Sasa Dzambic Photography/Shutterstock.

Turkey’s empty charm offensive

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again sought to warm ties with Israel, yet the regime’s Islamist ideology and hostility to the Jewish state make any improvement of relations extremely unlikely. Erdoğan called Israel’s new President Isaac...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett greets Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides in Jerusalem on July 27, 2021. Photo by Koby Gideon/GPO.

Israel expresses solidarity with Cyprus amid Turkey’s ‘provocative’ moves

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides in Jerusalem on Tuesday following the leader’s meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday. Lapid expressed concern for “unilateral Turkish actions...
A Palestinian shop owner hangs pictures of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the West Bank city of Hebron on July 20, 2016. Photo by Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90.

Israeli and Turkish presidents talk amid tense relations

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog spoke on Monday with Turkey’s president amid a time of tense relations between the two countries. “I spoke a few hours ago with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, who called to...
U.S. President Biden on the campaign trail in Henderson, Nev., on Feb. 14, 2020. Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

US acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide: Its implications

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The recent formal recognition by President Biden of the genocide of the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Turks in the early 20th century is not merely a pro forma gesture to...
U.S. President Joe Biden, joined by First Lady Jill Biden, in the Library of the White House on March 31, 2021. Credit: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz.

‘It’s essential to protect historical truth’: Jewish groups react to Biden’s recognition of Armenian...

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Jewish organizations responded positively to the United States officially recognizing as a genocide the killing and deportation of more than a million Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. The declaration...
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How Jews in Palestine were persecuted during the 1915 Armenian Genocide

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April 24 marks the 106th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey. As Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities notes, “On April 24 of 1915, leaders and intellectuals within the Armenian community...