Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks at AIPAC Policy Conference

Netanyahu Condemns Erdogan’s Statements on Zionism

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sharply condemned on Thursday evening Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement about Zionism and its comparison to fascism. “This is a dark and mendacious statement the likes of which we thought had passed from the world,” Netanyahu said. Earlier on Thursday, Erdogan used a speech about Islamophobia in Europe at […]

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Ankara at War

by Daniel Pipes National Review Online October 16, 2012 NRO title: “Erdogan and Assad at War” Why does the Turkish government act so aggressively against the Assad regime of Syria? Perhaps Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes that lobbing artillery shells into Syria will help bring a satellite government to power in Damascus. Maybe he […]

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Is Turkey Leaving the West?

by Daniel Pipes The Washington Times February 6, 2013 N.B.: Washington Times title: “Trading Europe for the Shanghai Five Turkey dissembles over joining the EU” Recent steps taken by the Government of Turkey suggest it may be ready to ditch the NATO club of democracies for a Russian and Chinese gang of authoritarian states. Here […]

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Conspiracy Theories Triumphant in Turkey

by Daniel Pipes February 4, 2013 updated Feb 5, 2013 Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner I wrote in The Hidden Hand, my 1996 book surveying conspiracy theories in the Middle East, that Turkey and Israel stand out as the only two Middle Eastern countries where leaders are fully accountable to electorates, where the […]

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Ahed Tamimi challenging IDF soldiers

Muslim Girl ‘Doesn’t Regret’ Challenging Israel Defense Forces on Video

A Palestinian Authority Arab girl who was seen in a widely disseminated video challenging IDF soldiers, in an obvious PA attempt at anti-Israel propaganda, does not regret her actions. The girl, Ahed Tamimi, who returned from Turkey where she was honored for her actions and even had breakfast with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told […]

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Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s Islamist Turn, 10 Years Later

by Daniel Pipes The Wall Street Journal November 13, 2012 Is Turkey—due to its size, location, economy and sophisticated Islamist ideology—set to become the West’s greatest problem in the Middle East? A tumultuous decade has passed since the Justice and Development Party was first elected to office on Nov. 3, 2002. Almost unnoticed, the country […]

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Talking Turkey

by Daniel Pipes National Review Online December 26, 2012 The menu for meals on my Turkish Airlines flight earlier this month assured passengers that food selections “do not contain pork.” The menu also offered a serious selection of alcoholic drinks, including champagne, whiskey, gin, vodka, rak?, wine, beer, liqueur, and cognac. This oddity of simultaneously […]

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Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish Teacher Imprisoned for Likening Erdogan to Hitler

A Turkish school teacher was sentenced to one year in prison for likening Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler, Anatolia news agency reported. The court found Oktay Zaif, who allegedly showed footage of speeches by Hitler and Erdogan during class, guilty of “politically aiming to distance military students from Prime Minister Erdogan and […]

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Fighting Flares Between Turkey and Kurdish Separatists

The conflict between Turkey and Kurdish nationalists who are determined to carve a Kurdish state out of eastern Turkey is heating up. Kurdish insurgents attacked Turkish military outposts near the Iraqi border on Tuesday, killing eight soldiers in the deadliest attack this year. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a radical separatist group that has spearheaded […]

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