First comprehensive study in Hebrew into Islamic State says Sunni group could wield more influence over Israeli Arabs and Palestinians if it takes land closer to Israel’s borders.11:08 28.11.15 | 1 comments
Turkish complicity in the actions of the flotilla militants merits an apology FROM Turkey to Israel, not the other way around. Israel owes Turkey nothing. And no, Israel does *not* need Turkey more than Turkey needs Israel. It's been a long while since Turkey's done anything supportive of Israel. In 2006, for example, Turkey was the first to welcome newly elected Hamas leaders. As "intermediary" with Syria, it consistently pushed the Syrian line - hardly consistent with the role of "fair broker". And in 2009 it voted *against* UNSC sanctions against Iran. In contrast, Israel is doing nicely with other nearby states - Cyprus, Greece, Bulgaria, and others - and hardly "needs" Turkey. No doubt some of these Defense officials have a vested history and their own futures in mind. They know that Israel and Turkey, despite the setbacks in relations, do a few billion in business a year, potentially including again military deals. They want to be part of that.