PM meets, reaches out to Turkish journalists

Delegation, representing leading Turkish newspapers Hurriyet, Zaman and Haber Turk, met with Netanyahu.

July 24, 2012 05:06
1 minute read.
PM Binyamin Netanyahu at weekly cabinet meeting

PM Binyamin Netanyahu at weekly cabinet meeting 370. (photo credit: Pool / Flash 90)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Monday with a delegation of eight senior Turkish print journalists the Foreign Ministry brought to Israel in an attempt to “break the ice” with Turkey’s public.

The delegation, representing such leading Turkish newspapers as Hurriyet, Zaman and Haber Turk, met with Netanyahu a day after meeting with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Neither Netanyahu’s nor Liberman’s office was willing to discuss the meetings, apparently having pledged to keep the content quiet until the journalists themselves could write about them later this week.

While this was not the first group of Turkish journalists to visit the country since the May 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, which plunged relations between Israel and Turkey into a downward spiral, it was the first to meet Israel’s senior leadership.

A previous group met with Ministers Bennie Begin and Dan Meridor.

Israel’s embassy in Ankara, which has been operating without an ambassador since Turkey evicted him after Israel refused to apologize for the Mavi Marmara raid, organized the latest delegation.

One diplomatic official said the delegation was invited because Israel was interested in reaching out to the Turkish public and letting it know that relations between the two countries were important to Jerusalem.

“Our message is that we need to speak about our problems in good will and without mutual recriminations, especially at a time when the Middle East is in upheaval,” the official said.

The official doubted that the Turkish Foreign Ministry would reciprocate with an invitation to Israeli journalists because Ankara was not interested in outreach to the Israeli public at this time.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN