Analysis & Commentary

28th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Flotilla Charity Seeks Renewed Confrontation with Israel

Merve Tahiroglu

The Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the Turkish charity that organized the ill-fated flotilla to the Gaza Strip in 2010, appears to be preparing for round two – this time with the help of the Turkish naval forces.

29th May 2014 - Foreign Policy

If All Else Fails, Blame The Israelis

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

An eleventh-hour Turkish lawfare initiative may prevent Ankara's long-awaited rapprochement with Israel

15th January 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Anti-Israel Flotilla Group Busted in al Qaeda Terror Raid

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish police on Tuesday raided the offices of an al Qaeda-linked charity group responsible for organizing the 2010 Gaza flotilla that caused a deadly...

14th January 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Turkish Organization Behind ‘Mavi Marmara’ Raided in Anti-al-Qaida Sweep

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish police arrested at least 23 people on Tuesday as part of raids against al-Qaida targets, including the offices of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH).

30th March 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Return to Realism

Tony Badran

Last Friday, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a call to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, resolving the dispute between the two countries following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident.

28th March 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Flotilla Follies

Jonathan Schanzer

Anti-Israel activists are preparing to launch another flotilla aimed at breaching Israel’s naval blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip three years after a similar endeavor led to a deadly encounter with Israeli soldiers.

27th March 2013 - CNN

Now Obama Needs to Pressure Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Emanuele Ottolenghi

In a surprise development on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an apology to Turkish Prime Minister Yayyip Erdoğan over the ill-fated May 2010 flotilla conflict on the high seas between Israeli...

22nd March 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Israeli Leader Apologizes to Turkey for Fatal Ship Raid

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

Apologizing to Turkey should be seen as a concession by Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Obama because escalating tensions between Turkey, a NATO member, and Israel, America’s most reliable...

22nd March 2013 - Quoted by Gwen Ackerman and Roger Runningen, Bloomberg

Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Begins Following Netanyahu Apology

Clifford D. May

Israel and Turkey took steps to restore ties nearly three years after the deaths of nine Turks on an aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip as the U.S. sought to bolster an allied front in an increasingly unstable Middle East.

24th October 2012 - National Post

Canada’s Boat for Gaza Movement Still Lives in an Anti-Israel Svend Robinson-Era Time Warp

In 2010, militant activists on board a flotilla to Gaza provoked a violent confrontation with Israeli commandos. In the confusion, the Israelis shot and killed nine of the activists...

26th April 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Law Games

Clifford D. May

Progressive activists are corrupting the laws of war and putting free nations at increased risk.

27th March 2012 - The Weekly Standard

The Global March for Jerusalem

Jonathan Schanzer

The first flotilla in 2010 ended in a bloodbath on the high seas, when the Israeli navy intercepted Islamists and activists seeking to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.

14th October 2011 - Haaretz

Speaking of Apologies ...

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Buried somewhere in the middle of the "Report of the Secretary-General's Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident" (the Palmer Report ) is a small detail that is bound to inconvenience Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

3rd October 2011 - Standpoint

New Ottoman Empire?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In the complex geometry slowly taking shape in the new Middle East, the Palmer report must have felt like a godsend to Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

2nd October 2011 - Haaretz

An Opportunity for an Apology

Benjamin Weinthal

The United Nations issued a rare vindication for Israel this month, when it found that the naval blockade of Gaza does not violate international law.

15th September 2011 - The Jewish Chronicle

Will Bundestag Now Retract Flotilla Decree?

Benjamin Weinthal

Last year the German Bundestag and Vienna city council both voted unanimously to condemn Israel after it intercepted a flotilla that was in open violation of its naval blockade.

8th September 2011 - The Jewish Chronicle

Even the UN Report Says That Israel Had No Need to Apologise

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Palmer Report was ready for release in July. However, it was delayed two months in a failed attempt to facilitate reconciliation between Jerusalem and Ankara. Since its release last Friday, Western commentators have, almost without exception, lamented Israel's refusal to apologise and...

7th September 2011 - Commentary

Turkey’s Leaders Should Re-Read the Palmer Report

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Turkey’s temper tantrum reached new heights with the harassment, Monday morning, of a group of 40 Israelis at Istanbul’s international airport, and the decision, Monday afternoon, to kick out every Israeli diplomat save the embassy spokesperson and consular services personnel by...

5th July 2011 - Syndicated

Pacifica Radio

Jonathan Schanzer

The failed Gaza flotilla.

3rd July 2011 - Chicago Tribune

International Law and the Flotilla II

In the coming days, a major flotilla of pro-Palestinian activists is set to break Israel's naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in what many see as a publicity stunt wrapped in a humanitarian veneer.


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