Ankara and Tel Aviv cooperate in defence

Turkish Operation Olive Branch against the Syrian Kurdish cannot do without Israeli missiles

Israeli missiles brought into anti-Kurd offensive

Turkey-Israel relations

Israel’s first President Haim Weizman (L) and Seyfullah Esin, the first Turkish envoy to Israel after the accredition ceremony in Rehovot on July 3, 1950.

January 31, 2018 – Since Ankara launched Operation Olive Branch against the Syrian Kurdish YPG movement earlier in January, the Turkish Air Force cannot do without Popeye AGM-142 ground-to-air missiles. Built by the Israeli company Rafael, the missiles were sold to Ankara a few years ago when relations between the two countries were in fine shape. The missiles are understood to be particularly effective against YPG bunkers. They can even be recognized in video footage of fire against Kurdish targets that has been broadcast to “sell” the operation to the Turkish public. Turkish bombers also used Popeye missiles in strikes against the PKK in Iraq.
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Ankara and Tel Aviv cooperate in defence

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Then-Prime Minister Erdoğan with his Israeli counterpart Ehud Olmert in the welcoming ceremony during his visit to Ankara on Feb. 15, 2007.

April 26, 2017 – According to Intelligence Online’s sources, the Turkish defence minister, Fikri Isik, is laying the groundwork for new bilateral cooperation with Israel. He recently reinstated defence attache and deputy positions at the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv. Although the attache has yet to be announced, the number two will be Lieutenant-Colonel Adam Cakir. Cakir has worked in Israel over the past few years on detachment to an Israeli-Palestinian project sponsored by USAID. Benjamin Netanyahou’s government is also planning to appoint a defence attache to the Israeli embassy in Ankara in the coming weeks. The two countries struck a reconciliation agreement in July 2016 that ended a six-year diplomatic dispute. Relations between Turkey and Israel’s intelligence services have remained frosty, however (IOL 769), since the diplomatic-security dispute of 2010 when Tel Aviv ordered a raid against a Turkish ship headed for Gaza.

The two countries are thinking of organising joint military training exercises together.
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Intelligence services fear rapprochement

October 26, 2016 – The exchange of two new ambassadors between Israel and Turkey on October 22 supposedly seals the diplomatic reconciliation between the two countries. But behind the scenes their strategic differences remain. The deal between the two regional powers spells out that Ankara must not host operatives of the military and security branches of Hamas. But Mossad and Shin Bet, the Israeli external and internal intelligence services, are convinced that Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime is not sticking to the bargain. A number of agents of the military wing of the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood are understood to still be in hiding in Turkey. When the Israeli intelligence services discussed the situation with their Turkish counterparts, the latter said that the agents in question had political, rather than military roles in Hamas.

At this stage Israel has decided not to break its ties with Ankara. There is too much at stake, most notably the two countries’ cooperation on gas drilling in the Mediterranean, to cut off diplomatic ties again. The security establishment is also hoping that the rapprochement will also mean that in time, Ankara will be more inclined to cooperate on security matters.`
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The MIT, Turkey’s intelligence agency

March 02, 2016 – The MIT, Turkey’s intelligence agency, is taking an active part in discussions in Israel with a view to building a new port in the Gaza Strip. Turkey, which is keen to improve relations with Tel Aviv, strongly supports the project. The Israeli security apparatus is divided over the issue: While military intelligence service is open to the idea to improve the enclave’s economic situation, other services are much less enthusiastic fearing that it would make it much harder to control the flow of people in and out of the territory.
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Intelligence effort against PKK

August 26, 2015 – The offensive that the Turkish security forces launched against the PKK Kurdish rebel movement at the end of July is in growing need of observation capacity over the Anatolian mountains. The Turkish defence ministry is urgently seeking five Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) planes to monitor the Kurdish regions. Ankara is already making intensive use of the air force’s existing means, which include four BeechcraftKing Air, leased from the US company Sierra Nevada Corporation, and a squadron of ten Heron observation drones delivered by Israeli’s IAI, which have constantly been airborne since the beginning of the operation.
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Mossad and Ankara talk

November 28, 2012 – At the forefront of the ceasefire negotiations with Hamas last week, Mossad has re-opened communication lines with Turkey.

Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Raafat Abdul Wahid Shehata negotiated the broad lines of the cease-fire that was adopted on November 21 by Hamas and Israel after eight days of conflict. Pardo was accompanied to the talks in Cairo last week by officers of Mossad’s Tevel (Universe) unit, which specialises in parallel diplomacy and negotiations with states that have little or no official relations with Israel.

Egypt’s intelligence service was aided in the negotiations by Qatar and Turkey’s intelligence services. Hakan Fidan, the director of Turkey’s Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT) travelled to Cairo for the talks. According to information obtained by Intelligence Online, while he was there, the Turkish intelligence chief also had a one-on-one meeting with Pardo.

After being allies for many years, Israel and Turkey fell out after the Israeli intervention in Gaza in 2009 but they may now resume their relationship via their intelligence services. The two countries are both concerned about the worsening situation in Syria and the ever more central role that jihadist groups are playing in the Syrian opposition.

While in Cairo, Pardo also met with Qatari intelligence officials. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Qatar’s ruler, became the first Arab leader to visit Gaza on October 23.
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Turkish PM’s son’s company purchases 35 million-dollar oil tanker

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The trade volume between the Turkey and Israel had quadrupled between 2002, the year Erdogan came to power, and 2013.

Text of report in English by Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman website on 22 July

July 23, 2014 – The BMZ Group, a company run by Bilal Erdogan, the son of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has purchased a 35 million US dollar oil tanker, according to Turkish news sources on Tuesday.

Various reports claim that the BMZ Group purchased the oil tanker – named Mecid Aslanov – from Palmali Denizcilik on June 24.

The tanker was one of 10 ships recently delivered to the Turkter Shipyard in Istanbul’s Tuzla district by Palmali Denizcilik.

Prime Minister Erdogan has come under fire recently for his harsh criticism of Israel in light of its ground attack on Gaza, which opposition party leaders have deemed hypocritical as Erdogan’s other son Burak is known for business dealings with that country. The trade volume between the countries had quadrupled between 2002, the year Erdogan came to power, and 2013.

The Sozcu daily reported earlier this month that Burak Erdogan, who owns a fleet of ships, currently had a vessel anchored in Israel. The daily said that Erdogan’s Safran 1 ship was anchored in Israel’s Port of Ashdod. According to Sozcu, one of Burak Erdogan’s ships was transporting American goods to Egypt even after relations between Turkey and Egypt deteriorated. Erdogan’s ship G. Inebolu has also continued to transport goods from Russia to a Syrian port, despite the prime minister’s falling out with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Last month, a shipment of oil from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) arrived in the Israeli Port of Ashkelon; however, the KRG denied that the shipment had been directly or indirectly sold to Israel. The shipment in question was funneled through Turkey’s Ceyhan pipeline.

Leaked tapes surfaced earlier this year featuring voices ostensibly belonging to Bilal Erdogan and his father, who is heard instructing his son to “zero” millions of dollars in cash hidden in various relatives’ homes on the same day that major corruption allegations targeting ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) politicians surfaced.
Source: Zaman website, Istanbul, in English, July 22, 2014
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