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New Turkish ambassador to Israel presents credentials to Israeli president

Posted by Tip Staff - December 12, 2016

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Turkey’s new ambassador to Israel presented his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday, in a culmination of the two countries’ diplomatic reconciliation. Ambassador Kemal Okem said, “This is a new beginning in our bilateral relations and in our joint efforts, in this region in which we have close ties, historical ties.” He pledged, “I will do my best to enhance our relations in every field – regardless of any difficulties that we may face, we will be able to overcome together with our partners and friends Israel.”
Rivlin expressed condolences for the terrorist attack that rocked Istanbul over the weekend which killed 38 people, and called the reconciliation between the two countries “a real moment in history.” He also gave thanks for Turkey’s assistance in fighting wildfires that ravaged Israel last month.
Turkish-Israeli ties had been strained since the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, when a flotilla under the control of the Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation—a group designated as a terror organization by the Netherlands and Germany—attempted to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. IDF troops faced an “organized and violent” assault from a group of passengers after boarding the ship, according to a UN report. Ten crew members were killed in the ensuing fight, and several Israeli soldiers were injured.
After the reconciliation agreement was reached this past June, Israeli leaders noted the significant economic potential of closer ties. “Trade between Israel and Turkey has more than doubled from the Marmara event up until today,” said Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, adding that the deal will bolster that growth with “joint projects in government level. People are speaking about gas and there are other issues that might emerge.”
Eitan Na’eh, Israel’s new ambassador to Turkey, presented his credentials to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week.


The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas has offered to share its rocket arsenal with any Arab country that would be willing to attack Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.
Fathi Hammad, a spokesman for the Iran-backed Islamist group, made the offer in an interview with the Hamas-run Al Aqsa TV.
While Hamas rockets lack accuracy, they carry significant destructive power and have claimed tens of Israeli lives over the past decade. A significant number of these rockets also fall short of hitting their Israeli targets, causing damage and loss of life to the people in Gaza.
It is unclear what Arab nation would be interested in taking up Hammad’s offer, the Post noted. Egypt, which has been at peace with Israel for decades, resents Hamas’ support of Islamic State-affiliated jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula and of Salafists opposed to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Jordan is similarly at peace with Israel, Syria and Iraq are involved in their own internal conflicts, the Gulf states are increasingly cooperating with Israel, and Lebanon — while technically in a state of war with Israel since 1948 — is highly unlikely to seek a resumption of open hostilities.
The only Arab force that may be prepared to respond to Hammad’s invitation is the Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which has accumulated an arsenal estimated to consist of 130,000 rockets and does not need Hamas’ assistance to attack Israel.


An Israeli airstrike on a Syrian regime base outside of Damascus struck a convoy two weeks ago that was ferrying chemical weapons to Hezbollah, a Syrian opposition spokesman said Sunday. Speaking to Israel Radio, Fahed al-Masri added that, as long as Bashar al-Assad remains in power in Syria, ISIS, Hezbollah, and Iran will continue to encroach on the Syrian-Israeli border. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, without being specific about “what was done in Syria,” said last week, “We are working, first and foremost, to defend the safety of our citizens and to protect our sovereignty, and we are trying to prevent the smuggling of advanced weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.”
An Israeli general told an audience last month that Hezbollah keeps weapons in one-third of homes in Shiite villages in southern Lebanon. Israeli officials have warned that another war with Hezbollah would be devastating. An Israeli defense official told The New York Times in May 2015 that the buildup of Hezbollah’s terror infrastructure in southern Lebanese villages meant that “civilians are living in a military compound” and that their lives were at risk. Geoff Corn, an international military law expert, explained to The Weekly Standard that if Israel were to strike in this instance, “both legally and morally, the cause of these tragic consequences will lie solely at the feet of Hezbollah.” Because of this, Corn said, “Hezbollah should be pressured starting today to avoid locating such vital military assets among civilians.”
Hezbollah’s arsenal of rockets, numbering some 130,000 and much of it warehoused in the aforementioned Shiite villages, is more than that of all non-U.S. NATO countries combined. In July, Hossein Salami, the deputy director of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, stated, “Today, more than ever, there is fertile ground – with the grace of God – for the annihilation, the wiping out, and the collapse of the Zionist regime...In Lebanon alone, over 100,000 missiles are ready to be launched.” He continued, “They are just waiting for the command, so that when the trigger is pulled, the accursed black dot will be wiped off the geopolitical map of the world, once and for all.”


Gili Navon didn’t intend to start a nonprofit organization when she traveled in 2007 to Majuli, a remote island in northeast India. The Israeli woman accompanied the females of Majuli’s peaceful Mising tribe as they picked herbs in the jungle and spun raw silk and cotton into colorful garments. She saw the struggle for sustenance in this low-caste subsistence-farming society where river erosion has caused mass displacement. Navon organized the Rengam (United) Women Weavers Cooperative in 2011 to help residents use their cultural tradition as a source of income. Today the cooperative includes about 100 women, ages 18 to 60, from 20 villages. The project’s headquarters hosts educational lectures on topics such as women’s health. (via Israel 21c)

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