TURKEY

INTERVIEW

Eitan Na’eh: Breaking up relations is easy, rebuilding is much difficult
Eitan Na’eh: Breaking up relations is easy, rebuilding is much difficult
Israel appointed Mr. Eitan Na’eh, who served as a secretary at the embassy in Ankara back in 1993, as the new ambassador to Turkey. This is the first time that this post has been filled since 2010, marking the full restoration of ties between the two countries after six years of animosity. On an exclusive interview with Ambassador Na’eh, we discussed the future of Turkish-Israeli relations, the East Mediterranean energy corridor and the Middle East.
“The younger generation now should reclaim Judeo-Spanish”
“The younger generation now should reclaim Judeo-Spanish”
Following my arrival to Seattle in September 2014 to pursue my doctoral studies at the University of Washington, I met with Professor Naar at his office. While I was completing my master’s thesis in London a year ago, I contacted him. A couple of months later I was in his office, meeting my doctoral thesis advisor for the next six years. I still remember our talk on stuffed vine leaves and how to find them in Seattle. This is an interview on Professor Naar´s new book ‘Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece’, Judeo-Spanish, and the situation of Sephardic studies in the academia. At the same time, this interview can be read as a short story of identity, memory, and space.
Farewell to Amira Oron, chargé d’affaires of Israel in Turkey
Farewell to Amira Oron, chargé d’affaires of Israel in Turkey
The diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Israel in the wake of the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 led to downgrade the diplomatic relations; to having a chargé d´affaires rather than an ambassador. During the Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, relations between the two countries reached a new low. In this sensitive time, Amira Oron, a veteran diplomat, was appointed as the new chargé d´affaires at the Israeli Embassy in Ankara. She witnessed the improvement of the relations and at the end reaching the long waited reconciliation agreement which led both countries to appoint ambassadors for the first time in six years. We talked with Amira Oron the difficulties and opportunities encountered working in Turkey, the relations between Turkey and Israel, her love for Turkey and for Besiktas football team.
Israeli parliamentarians in NATO conference for the first time
Israeli parliamentarians in NATO conference for the first time
NATO’s annual Parliamentary Assembly was held in Istanbul last week. Mickey Levy from Yesh Atid and Omer Barlev from Zionist Union, represented ...
“Anti-Semitism is a very dangerous symptom; it says something is wrong with the society”
“Anti-Semitism is a very dangerous symptom; it says something is wrong with the society”
With Natan Sharansky, we talked about the new anti-Semitism, his views on Turkey-Israel relations and his observations on the Turkish Jewish Community
Henrique Cymerman: “Hamas was saved by the gong with Turkish-Israeli reconciliation agreement”
Henrique Cymerman: “Hamas was saved by the gong with Turkish-Israeli reconciliation agreement”
Pope Francis named him as his “Angel of Peace”. We talked with Henrique Cymerman, an award-winning journalist and university lecturer who has covered current affairs in the Middle East for more than 25 years, the reconciliation agreement between Turkey and Israel, and its effects to Gaza and Israeli-Palestinian relations.
Terror could not stop the Israeli tourist
Terror could not stop the Israeli tourist
He had promised that he would come back to Turkey and he kept his word.
“The Mavi Marmara crisis has approved that Turkish and Israeli economies need each other”
“The Mavi Marmara crisis has approved that Turkish and Israeli economies need each other”
Turkish-Israeli relations survived a real diplomatic crisis during the last decade. However, the vitality on trade volumes never decreased; to the contrary it increased to record levels. We talked with Mr. Mouneer Agbariya, the counsel for economic relations of Israel in Turkey about the effects of the Mavi Marmara crisis, the future of the economic relations between the two countries and his experience as an Israeli Arab Muslim living in the Jewish state and representing his country abroad.
“It’s not hard to abandon Ýncirlik, but Turkey’s not just about Ýncirlik”
“It’s not hard to abandon Ýncirlik, but Turkey’s not just about Ýncirlik”
The July 15 coup attempt is set to become as great a turning point for Turkey’s foreign policy as for its domestic affairs. Allegations that the United States was behind the attempt, along with claims that the US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen planned the attempt in particular, has produced a new and serious crisis between Washington and Ankara. Given the extent of the tension in relations with the US and EU, Turkey’s membership in NATO has even come into question among the public at both home and abroad. In the interests of delving more deeply into these developments, I recently sat down with US National War College faculty member and Brookings Institute Turkey expert Professor Ömer Taþpýnar.
Soli Ozel: “Once again, Turkey is at a crossroads”
Soli Ozel: “Once again, Turkey is at a crossroads”
We’ve talked with Mr. Soli Ozel, a faculty member at Kadir Has University and a columnist at Haberturk newspaper about West’s attitude following the failed coup attempt on July 15th; Turkey’s detente with Russia; and the issue of Gulen’s extradition which directly affects the relationship between Turkey and the U.S.
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