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The United States is set to significantly expand acquisitions of military grade explosives from Turkey in order to support efforts to expand American artillery production, following growing concerns regarding the serious depletion of domestic stockpiles. An expanded capacity for artillery production would allow the United States Washington to more sustainably arm Ukraine, as well as Israel which has expended munitions at considerable rates since October 2023, where currently U.S.

The US government is looking to boost purchases of military-grade explosives from Turkiye to ramp up production of artillery shells as Washington's stockpile is nearing depletion after two years of fueling the war in Ukraine.

Bloomberg cited officials in the know as saying that “Turkish supplies of trinitrotoluene, known as TNT, and nitroguanidine, which is used as a propellant, would be crucial in the production of NATO-standard 155mm caliber ammunition – potentially tripling production."

Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Friday ordered the Foreign Ministry to summon Turkey’s envoy to Israel for a “serious reprimand” after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “send [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] to Allah.”

“I instructed officials to summon the Turkish deputy ambassador to Israel for a serious reprimand, following Erdogan’s serious attack on Prime Minister Netanyahu and his threats to send PM Netanyahu to Allah and to convey a clear message to Erdogan,” Katz posted on X.


Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has from the start of the Israel-Hamas war been among the most aggressive and fiercest critics of Israel and especially its prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While Erdogan has long denounced Israel's operation in Gaza, on Thursday he unleashed his harshest rhetoric yet, which came close to perhaps being a direct threat against Netanyahu's life. In an election rally the Turkish president vowed to "send [Netanyahu] to Allah to take care of him, make him miserable and curse him."


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has once again lashed out at Israel, saying on Saturday that his country “firmly backs” the terror organization Hamas amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip. He also compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his administration to authoritarian dictators Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered another antisemitic speech, during which he compared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to fascist leaders on Saturday.

In the speech, Erdogan compared Netanyahu to historical fascist leaders, stating that "Netanyahu earned his place alongside Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin." 

Turkey's initiatives to find a peaceful solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine have not succeeded due to lack of support, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening of the Antalya Diplomacy Forum.

Since Washington imposed sanctions on NATO member Turkey's defense sector in 2020 due to its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems and excluded Ankara from the F-35 'friends circle,' the country that bridges Europe and Asia has been accelerating the development of its own fifth-generation fighter jet. 

Turkey launched its TF-X project to produce a national combat aircraft in 2016. By 2017, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) signed a deal with Britain's BAE Systems, worth up to $125 million, to develop the next-generation fighter known as "KAAN." 


The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said on Saturday that the Israeli occupation continues to arrest 12 of the society’s staff, including seven from inside Al-Amal Hospital a week ago.

The society added in a statement, “We express our deep concern for the safety of the detained members of our crews, whose fate remains unknown.”