Tag Archives: Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish incitement and Jordanian chutzpah

We Jews are losing our ownership of the term “chutzpah”. Where the Jews used it as a survival mechanism or in a humorous way in order to relieve their  bleak oppression in the Diaspora, the Arabs have refined it in … Continue reading

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Is Erdogan going to help Geert Wilders get elected in Holland?

While we were out celebrating Purim, a different kind of “nahafoch hu” – a topsy turvy event – was occurring in Holland. It all started when Turkish President, in his bid to turn himself into a modern-day Sultan, has been … Continue reading

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Attempted coup in Turkey – implications and aftermath

In the last 48 hours or so the world has gone madder than ever. Following the ISIS-inspired terrorist atrocity in Nice, we watched in shock and amazement as an attempted coup in Turkey unfolded (see the timeline at the link) … Continue reading

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Another look at the Israel-Turkey reconciliation deal

Despite my deep misgivings, not to mention moral objections, to the reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, it is important to take note of other views, particularly those which don’t see the deal as a disaster but rather as an … Continue reading

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Israel and Turkey restore relations – peace in our time?

On reading the terms under which Israel and Turkey are to restore diplomatic relations today I felt I ought to title this piece by paraphrasing Neville Chamberlain: “I have here a piece of paper…”. Let’s start with the terms of … Continue reading

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3 Israelis killed in terror attack in Turkey, several injured, amid rising antisemitism in Turkey

On Shabbat a suicide bombing, committed probably by an ISIS terrorist, killed 3 Israelis as well as an Iranian national, and severely injured several others. IDF, ZAKA, Magen David Adom personnel flew out immediately to identify the dead,  treat the … Continue reading

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