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Turkish-Israeli ties nosedived after the Mavi Marmara flotilla raid in 2010. Hürriyet photo

Turkish-Israeli ties nosedived after the Mavi Marmara flotilla raid in 2010. Hürriyet photo

Israel is interested in creating a more “positive dynamic” in its broken relationship with Turkey so the two countries can work together to further common interests, Israeli daily the Jerusalem Post reported yesterday, citing a Israeli government official.

According to the report, Israel sent messages prior to American diplomat John Kerry’s trip that also pertained to Turkey. According to the government official, Jerusalem’s message was that it was important for Israel and Turkey to “get more positive vectors” in their relationship.

“There are many reasons why the current situation is unsatisfactory,” the official said. “Both sides would seem to have an interest in a better relationship, first and foremost with regards to Syria, where the growing fragmentation there is leading to weapons [falling] into the hands of different extremist groups.

There are other reasons why you would think that Turkey and Israel would find it advantageous to have a more positive relationship,” the daily quoted the official as saying.


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Ken Alden

2/28/2013 3:00:36 PM

@Dorus, During 1955-56 I had to make several Train trips between Europe and Turkey, what struck me was that while going thr Riro's Jugoslavia, every Railroad crossing and Bridge hadremnants of German guardf nest and bunkers. The minute one crossed into Greece, there were non! Of course, the majority of Loyalist Partisans joined the ERegular Greek Army as Officers and NCO's. I am sure the hospitable Greek people will welcome Israelis, et. al., were a Jewish person, that past Tragedy would be allw


2/28/2013 12:13:34 PM

Besides the vast majority of Greeks have suffered enormously under Nazi occupation. Greece was a victim of Nazism


2/28/2013 12:09:50 PM

@Ken: The resistance was not at all minimal, they did the best they could under the circumstances. The fight among them started just before liberation when the partisan militias wanted to form a communistic government which could never be accepted from Britain-USA. The civil war was among the communist EAM and the regular forces helped by the British. Undoubtedly there were Nazi collaborators as everywhere but that doesn't mean that an Israeli tourist in Thessaloniki has to feel uncomfortable

Ken Alden

2/28/2013 7:00:58 AM

@Dorus,No one take it away from People of Greece, their capable and valiant way they confronted Musolinis attempted Jnvasion of Greece! Greeks handed Musouline a trashing and Hitler had to come into Greece to save him. Another know fact is thatHitler had willing colobarateors in every country he occupied, as he did in Greece. It is also commonly accepter that the Resistance to Wehrmacht was minimal, the Greek Partisans were fighting among themselfes that ended in an Civil War!


2/27/2013 10:02:26 AM

@Ken: I just want to remind that Greece was under Nazi occupation at that time, having fought hardly against fascist forces of Musolini's Italy at first and then Germans. At the same time you were just neutral

Ken Alden

2/26/2013 11:49:51 PM

Since there are no responses about the "Jerusalem Post" Readers Comments" Or is it because the Military and Military Industry" censors of the "Regions only Functioning Democracy" is stifled by Censors? Once more: It would be good to know wheter the Jerusalem Post has a comparable, free swinging policy to that of HDN, for Turkish Readers to voice their opinions on Israeli politics, as do some not oso polite, boarish Israelis, attempting to dictate internal and external policies to Turkey! ???

mara mcglothin

2/26/2013 9:01:17 PM

MURAT We also must remember that this was simply one ship out of how many? And exactly how many other people were killed. They followed inspection instructions and came to no harm. This ship was "loaded for bear" as we say in the USA and spoiling for a fight. They got what they wanted.


2/26/2013 7:00:17 PM

Let us remind all who did the killing and who did the dying. It seems Israelis are confused about all this still. Regardless of circumstances, upon murdering unarmed citizens of a friendly country in open seas and kidnapping and humiliating the rest, the normal reaction would be a prompt apology. But Israel is special I guess. What do they do when their citizens are killed? Shameful to see these comments from their sympathizers, reinforces the worst of stereotypes.

Ken Alden

2/26/2013 5:36:53 PM

@Ayal Ayal, it's refreshing to read few kind words about Istanbul, a city where Sephardim Jewish people lived & florished for over 500 years and a smaller community still does today! As for vacattioning, I could never go and relax in a Contry, where 50.000of mainly Sephardm were rounded-up and sent to their death in the Gas Chambers, destroying the vibrant Jewish community of "Jerusalem of the West" Thesaloniki and it envairons.


2/26/2013 5:19:15 PM

@anton. That aint going to happen and you know that very well since you do read Ynet. The Israelis have nothing but contempt towards your islamist government and its like minded leadership. By the way, unlike Turkey, Israel's media wastes little news space in reserving press real estate for Turks. They do however publish your colossal foreign policy blunders once in a while. As far as the Israeli public opinion is concerned, I need not inform you about it as you are well aware of it. Regards
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