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‘Israel behind Egypt coup’ – Turkish PM

Published time: August 20, 2013 10:02
Edited time: August 21, 2013 12:11
Turkish Prime Minister Recep  Erdogan (AFP Photo / Adem Altan)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan (AFP Photo / Adem Altan)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Ankara has proof Israel was behind the July 3 military "coup" that toppled Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, Turkish media report.

Erdogan said the West was beginning to redefine democracy as a process that is not solely determined at the ballot box, although the poll represents “the people’s will.” 

This is what has been implemented in Egypt. Who is behind this? Israel. We have evidence,” Erdogan said, as quoted by the Hurriyet daily, during a meeting with provincial chairs of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Erdogan spoke of a meeting between Turkey’s justice minister and a “Jewish” intellectual in France before Egypt’s 2011 elections. 

“The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections. Because democracy is not the ballot box’: This is what [the intellectual] said at that time,” the PM continued. 

Erdogan did not clarify what connection the unidentified intellectual had to the Israeli government or how his alleged opinion proved Israel played any part in the recent ouster of Morsi. 

The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to respond to Erdogan's accusation. "This is a statement well worth not commenting on," said ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

In March, Israel attempted rapprochement with Turkey after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Erdogan to apologize for the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid that resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and one Turkish-American. 

Erdogan accepted the apology and both sides agreed to carry out further discussions. The PM, however, said that normalization of bilateral ties would take time, insinuating that Turkey wanted to ensure victims of the raid were compensated and that Israel remained committed to easing the restriction of goods to Gaza before restoring relations.

The Turkish PM, an outspoken supporter of Morsi and his Islamist government, lashed out at the West for failing to act in light of last week’s bloody crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood supporters. Having previously condemned the coup, Erdogan insisted that Morsi be reinstated through a democratic process.

Erdogan’s ruling AKP, which has Islamic roots, had developed ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and aimed to boost Turkey’s regional clout by bolstering its relationship with the North African state.

The Egyptian interim presidency, however, denounced Erdogan's remarks. Presidential spokesperson Ahmed Muslimany said that "agents of the West should not give lessons in patriotism."

Comments (78)


WorkTogether 05.09.2013 16:04

When Turkey is cozy with the US, wonder how this lot will work out? Especially when Turkey finds out from Egypt the true reason why the zionists toppled Morsi. Exposes of Obama's involvement with the Muslim Brotherhood perhaps, which it is rumored he is a member of? This when the Saud's supposedly don't like the MB & find them an embarrassment?


T 29.08.2013 11:58

fran7 22.08.2013 06:56

why is he helping Israel by allowing Turkish air space to be used to attack Syria in an attempt to usurp the legitimate government there?


He allows them to pass in order for them to be blamed and put responsable - being retaliated by the West in the global media-circus. Obama needs the Syrian government to be overthrown (hence staged the chemical attacks) to be able to mine gas and oil when the government has fallen. It's all about oil and pipelines and rich Saudi's with terroristic troopers.


Jester 23.08.2013 18:46

I'm still waiting for Erdogan's proof. Seems like he'd have better luck at inflating a hot air balloon than actually providing more than just unsubstantiated accusations....

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