Turkey

Foreign fighters from Western countries in the ranks of the rebel organizations affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the global jihad in Syria *

Issued on 03/02/2014 Type Article
This is a follow-up study of the ITIC's in-depth study of foreigners in Syria. It deals with foreign fighters from Western countries in the ranks of the Syrian rebels, mainly the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (henceforth the Islamic State).
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 31 – August 6, 2013)

Issued on 06/08/2013 Type Article
Israel's south was quiet this past week. In Judea and Samaria violent events continued, After the renewal of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington, the two sides are expected to meet locally to continue the talks.
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The Turkish show trial in absentia of four senior Israelis involved in the events aboard the Mavi Marmara is expected to be renewed in February 2013.*

Issued on 31/12/2012 Type Article
The IHH, which played a leading role in the violence, is exploiting the trial for an anti-Israeli hate campaign, with anti-Semitic propaganda targeting Turkey's Jews.
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An Istanbul court holds a show trial of Israelis accused of responsibility for the deaths of nine Turkish operatives aboard the Mavi Marmara.

Issued on 13/11/2012 Type Article
The IHH, whose operatives waged a violent attack on the IDF, is exploiting the trial for hate propaganda and plans to use it for international lawfare.
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News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (October 31 – November 6, 2012)

Issued on 06/11/2012 Type Article
Rocket fire from the Gaza Strip continues. This past week two rocket hits were identified in Israeli territory. Three IDF soldiers conducting routine counterterrorism activities near the security fence were wounded. A remark made by Mahmoud Abbas to Israel's Channel 2 TV implying he had relinquished the so-called "right of return" enraged the Palestinians (especially in the Gaza Strip) and the Arab world.
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The Iranian regime is preparing for its annual Jerusalem Day events, which will be held in Arab-Muslim countries around the globe and in the West.

Issued on 15/08/2012 Type Article
The Iranian regime is preparing for its annual Jerusalem Day events, which will be held in Arab-Muslim countries around the globe and in the West. In addition to supporting the Palestinians' extreme demands, the events will probably be exploited for anti-Israeli/anti-Western propaganda and incitement, and for strengthening the "resistance camp."
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Information on Turkey
Since the Islamic party won the 2008 elections in Turkey and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became prime minister, Turkey's regional foreign policy has become assertive and reflects a sense of self confidence and self-importance. Turkey seeks to strengthen its relations with its neighbors, especially Iran, Iraq and Syria to provide itself with strategic depth and to gain regional influence. Turkey exploits regional instability, which it perceives as an opportunity to advance its interests and increase its influence.
Turkey uses of NGOs to promote its interests. One of those is IHH, a radical Islamist organization which regards the support of Turkish policy as one of its functions. IHH is an active participant in the convoys and flotillas to the Gaza Strip and provides support for Hamas. The organization receives logistic support from the government of Turkey as well as political protection.
Under Erdogan, Turkey gradually changed its relations with Israel, siding more and more with the Palestinians in their anti-Israeli campaign. The government of Turkey gives Hamas financial and other support and on several occasions Erdogan has denounced Israeli policy.
The worst crisis in relations between Israel and Turkey resulted from the events of the Mavi Marmara flotilla, during which nine Turkish nationals, IHH operatives, were killed. The IHH operatives aboard the Mavi Marmara employed extreme violence to counter the attempts of the Israeli Navy to prevent the flotilla from entering the Gaza port. Following the incident Turkey downgraded its diplomatic and military relations with Israel, while economic relations remained virtually intact.