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09-26-2011, 06:02 AM
Turkey 'hunts down' Israeli commandos on Facebook

Turkey compiles list of 174 Israelis, topped by Prime Minister Netanyahu, who were directly or indirectly involved in 2010 raid on Gaza-bound ship. Intelligence officials used social networks to track down participants, Sabah newspaper reports

Turkish intelligence officials have submitted to the state prosecution a list of 174 Israelis, mostly soldiers, who were involved in the 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound Mavi Marmara ( ship, the Turkish newspaper Sabah reported Monday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ( tops the list as the "primary responsible party."

According to the report, the Israelis were identified from photographs and various media sources.
Mavi Marmara vessel (Archive photo: AP)

"Almost all of the Israeli soldiers who killed nine Turkish citizens and injured 30 others have been identified," the report claimed.

It was stated that Israel ('s government has not responded to the Turkish Justice Ministry's demand to release a list of the individuals who took part in the operation, prompting the intelligence officials to pour over records of the raid. Facebook and Twitter were used later in the hunt for information.

The fact-finding team examined the names of the commandos of Shayetet 13 ( – the Navy unit that took over the Gaza-bound vessel – and matched them up with the numerous photos used in the media.

Furthermore, the officials reviewed correspondence written by soldiers whom they believed took part in the raid in order to confirm their participation. Names submitted by the IHH ( movement, which organized the flotilla, were used in the search as well.

Lieberman, Barak also on list

According to the report, Turkish prosecution intends request Israeli authorities to verify whether the people on the list, which includes 140 photos of 174 Israelis who directly or indirectly participated in the raid, were ivolved in the raid.

Officials who allegedly contributed to the decision and issued the order to stop the Mavi Marmara, including Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman ( and Defense Minister Ehud Barak (, made it to the top of the list as well.

"All of the Israeli Cabinet ministers were responsible for the order," the report read.

The list also includes former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi (, former Israel Navy Commander Eliezer Marom, former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and a variety of other high- and low-ranking officers. Moreover, it includes 10 photographs of soldiers who are yet to be identified.,7340,L-4127645,00.html (,7340,L-4127645,00.html)

09-27-2011, 09:28 AM
Turkey paper prints IDs of Israeli soldiers

Sebnem Arsu,
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Istanbul --

A Turkish newspaper published the names and photographs Monday of more than 140 Israeli soldiers who the paper said took part in the raid on a Turkish flotilla to Gaza last year that ended with the death of nine passengers and created a diplomatic standoff between Turkey and Israel.
The newspaper, Sabah, said the Turkish government began searching for the soldiers' identities after Israeli authorities failed to cooperate in an investigation that prosecutors in Turkey said could lead to legal action.
The newspaper report received scant attention in Israel, where officials declined to comment. Others there described it as a recycled conglomeration of similar lists that have been circulating on the Internet.
Television analysts in Israel noted that the list included some well-known Israeli figures who had long since left the military, which they said gave some indication of its accuracy. There is, however, real concern in Israel about Turkey's threats of legal action over the raid.
The newspaper, a pro-government daily, reported that a senior Turkish prosecutor had authorized the investigation, which filtered all available film and other visuals from the flotilla raid for facial images that could be matched to photographs on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Some of the names, Sabah said, were provided by flotilla passengers who were interrogated by the Israelis after the lead ship was towed in May 2010 to the port of Ashdod, in Israel. Others were gleaned from public postings and the Web links they contained.
Sabah said the list would be forwarded to the Israeli military for confirmation before any legal action was taken in Turkey or abroad.
The Turkish government holds Israel responsible for the deaths of the nine passengers. The Israeli government has refused to officially apologize for the raid on the flotilla, which was trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. Turkey has said an apology is a condition for the normalization of relations, and it is demanding that Israel provide compensation for relatives of the dead and that it lift the Gaza embargo.
Turkey, which has downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador in Ankara, says it is prepared to seek legal action against the Gaza blockade in the International Court of Justice.


09-27-2011, 09:30 AM
Turks are breathing hard on the neck of the Israelis.

They are gradually encircling them.

Israel is surrounded by hostile neighbours who are more and more pro-Turkish, but at least they had the sea, the eastern Meditteranean, now even that is being challenged with the powerful Turkish navy throwing its weight there against the weak Israeli navy.

Israel has a very powerful army, and air force with high tech weaponry, but a small and weak navy.