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).
#BREAKING Turkish PM Erdogan: "Israel is behind the Egyptian military coup, we have the related documents to confirm that."— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) August 20, 2013
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
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.
#BREAKING PM Erdogan,"If we stay silent in front of the coup, we would not hold the right to say something if they set the same trap for us"— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) August 20, 2013
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
The Egyptian interim presidency, however, denounced Erdogan's
remarks. Presidential spokesperson Ahmed Muslimany said that
"agents of the West should not give lessons in