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November 26, 2014 11:56 am

Israel Demands NATO Response to New Hamas Headquarters in Turkey

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The NATO flag. Photo: NATO. – Israel has demanded that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) take action against one of its members, Turkey, after learning that the country allowed the Gaza-based Palestinian terror group Hamas to set up operational headquarters in Istanbul.

Senior political sources in Jerusalem said Hamas has chosen to relocate its diplomatic and military headquarters from Damascus to Istanbul due to the civil war that is raging in Syria. Official communiqués sent from Jerusalem to NATO’s office in Brussels said it was inconceivable that a member of the intergovernmental military alliance would maintain ties with a terrorist organization, Israel Hayom reported.

Hamas’s new Istanbul operation is said to be headed by Saleh al-Arouri, an infamous arch-terrorist believed to be responsible for dozens of terror attacks against Israelis. According to top Jerusalem sources, Arouri was also heavily involved in Hamas’s attempt to overthrow Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s government in the West Bank over the summer. The plot, which included a network of 96 terrorists, was foiled by Israeli intelligence.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas’s parent group. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned of Turkey’s close ties with Hamas during a recent visit to the U.S.

“Turkey is playing a cynical game. Hamas is sponsored by Turkey and Qatar, and the former is a NATO member. It’s inconceivable that this terror group would be allowed to have two headquarters—one in the Gaza Strip and the other in Istanbul,” Ya’alon said.

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  • Have you ever wondered why the EU is dragging its feet over Turkey?

  • Paul

    Maybe it is time for Israel to supply the PKK with whatever weapons it wants…

  • snag

    One man’s ‘terrorist’ is another man freedom fighter.

    It’s their country and their choice. Kurdish PKK rebels are declared ‘terrorists’ by Turks but it doesn’t discourage or stop the Israelis of supporting them for decades.

    What goes around comes around, what’s good for goose is good for gander. Israelis are not excluded from reaping what they sow. Consider it as a pay-back and get over with.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    NATO know that Turkey leader are play double game, that they can ignore this ulterior stabbing will be to see. I beat that the NATO is to week to stand up.