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August 20, 2013 7:37 am

Erdogan: ‘Israel is Behind the Coup in Egypt, We Have Evidence’

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: World Economic Forum.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed Tuesday that Israel was behind the recent Egyptian military coup that removed Islamist President Morsi from power, Turkish daily Today’s Zaman reported.

“Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence,” Erdogan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Tuesday, citing an unnamed “French intellectual.”

“Erdoğan stressed the Jewish identity of the French intellectual,” Today’s Zaman said. Erdogan cited his source as saying in 2011 that “the Muslim Brotherhood won’t be in power even if they are elected because ‘democracy is not the ballot box,'” the paper reported.

The Turkish Prime Minister whom President Obama once described as being among his top five international friends, has strongly backed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in its fight against the country’s secularist military.

Previously Erdogan ally Ankara Mayor İbrahim Melih Gökçek, a member of Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party recently claimed that protests taking place in Turkey were part of an effort by the American “Jewish lobby” to undermine Turkey’s government.

Erdogan himself directed accusations over the local riots “at business men and large-scale investors Erdogan has been terming ‘the interests lobby,'” Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported.

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  • Bernard Ross

    All the anti semitic libels are coming out of the closet of the clownish turkish buffoon. I think he will end up like Morsi.

  • Ralph Friedland

    There is no difference between Morsi & this idiot Erdogan. Trust Obama to call him one of his best friends. What else would you expect from Obama?

  • Kiflemariam Melake

    I am surprised that the Turkish PM blames Israel related to the Egyptian situation. Is he a man of principle and a man with the correct mentality? Last time he insulted Black People when he was faced by a big opposition. Now, he is reverberating his tongue against Israel. As far as we know Israel and its citizens are crucified by the MB of Egypt. It is not also a secret that the MB attacked and killed as well as crucified innocent Christians and Moderate Muslims. If Israel can do this it surprises me for it is pressed by a number of political and diplomatic issues and pressures from different angles. If he has evidences let him present them and we will give our judgements. If he is shy to do that he better be advised to shut his mouth. He is a frustrated man.

  • George Hadson

    Nothing like another good conspiracy theory:

  • Harry M. Stuart

    I think that this is wonderful. A little country like Israel can have such influence on the huge country of Egypt. Not even Turkey was able to stop little Israel from organizing millions of Egyptians to rise up in protest to throw the middle-eastern Hitler out. Erdogan is such a nebbish.