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January 12, 2015 6:33 pm

Turkish President Erdoğan Launches Bitter Attack on Netanyahu, Hints at Conspiracy Theory Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

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Turkey's president greeted his Palestinian Authority counterpart accompanied by 16 "warriors" dressed in the military styles of successive Turkish empires. Photo: Turkish PM Press&Info

Turkey’s authoritarian President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, became the first world leader to break ranks with yesterday’s message of unity articulated at the Paris anti-terror rally, launching a savage personal attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for participating in the event. The Turkish leader also gave an answer bordering on conspiracy theory to a question about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, opining about “games being played with the Islamic world,” and expressing anger that “French citizens carry out such a massacre, and Muslims pay the price.”

Speaking at a joint press conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas – who also attended the rally, despite his continuing record of inciting terror against Israel – Erdoğan lambasted Netanyahu. “How can a man who has killed 2,500 people in Gaza with state terrorism wave his hand in Paris, like people are waiting in excitement for him to do so? How dare he go there?” he demanded. “You should first give an account for the children and the women you have killed.”

The Turkish president then embarked on a rant about Israeli policy in Jerusalem, attacking the Jewish state, according to Turkish newspaper Zaman, for “escalating tensions in the region by violating holy sites along with its recent increasingly aggressive behavior.” Erdoğan also declared that “protecting the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem – “ known to Jews as the Temple Mount – “is not only the duty of Palestine, but also the entire Islamic world.” He vowed as well to continue fighting against Israel’s “reckless behavior that recognizes no rules” with other Muslim countries and the international community.

At the same press conference, Erdoğan offered the outlines of a conspiracy theory in a vaguely worded answer to a question about the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris. “These [attacks] are all a result of a scenario. There are also games being played with the Islamic world. We need to be aware of this,” he said. “French citizens carry out such a massacre, and Muslims pay the price. That’s very meaningful … Doesn’t their intelligence organization track those who leave prison?”

For good measure, Erdoğan added, “The West’s hypocrisy is obvious. As Muslims, we’ve never taken part in terrorist massacres. Behind these lie racism, hate speech and Islamophobia.”

At no point in his remarks did Erdoğan, whose prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu was dispatched to the Paris rally, condemn any of the Islamist terrorist atrocities in France last week, or offer his condolences to the families of the victims.

Earlier, Erdoğan gave more than a hint of his regional ambitions when he greeted Abbas with a ceremony featuring sixteen “warriors” dressed in the respective military uniforms of the “16 Great Turkish Empires that ruled in Central or Western Asia, as well as parts of Africa,” including the Karakhanids and the Ottomans.

This story was updated at 7.10 PM on July 12

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  • Dean

    We are not blind to the Armenian genocide, the jailing of journalists, your sponsorship of terrorism on their way to the Hamas terror entity on the Marmi, your growing anti-Semitism and totalitarianism, Mr. Erdogan!

    You are turning your moderate Islamic terror-supporting Turkish state into a full-blown theocracy-dictatorship seeking to re-establish a Turkish Caliphate under your hateful rule.

  • A. G.

    The humiliated Turkish nation has enough of Erdogan’s lies. Next summer are the parlamentarian elections. He will be “in” or “out” of his office “whoever” brought him to the office. That is up to you, what I mean under “whoever”.

  • Truelies

    thats rich coming from a savage nation that slaugtered millions of Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks.

  • Gary Katz

    Said the dictator who shelters Hamas and jails journalists…

  • Steve Loeb

    Why does the North Atlantic Treaty Organization continue to allow this neo Nazi a chair in their organization unless they agree with his lunatic world view?

    Have a little self esteem NATO and show this man the NATO exit door

  • . Our valiant men and women in arms are not permitted to launch an all out attack across borders . This is Vietnam revisited. Let our military do what has to be done and Isis will be vaporized. I understand perfectly that Israel needs to not listen to Obama but rather to her Generals. Bibi represents the Jewish people and Israel. There were murdered because they were Jews and because most of the world hates Israel and the Jews. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGIVE, NEVER AGAIN

  • Stan

    Erdoğan has FULL rights to attend the parade.
    He lost 3 and 1 is on the run.

  • JonathanInTelAviv

    No surprise here, Mr Erdman is continuing his descent into madness and delusions of grandeur.

  • robert borns

    muslims who know whats going on must rate this guy as a clown and fool.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Isn’t he cute holding hands with his pal Abass.

    I see his guard is all decked out ready for battle.

    Keep us laughing Tayippee eye aaay!

  • charlie johnson

    The Turks would still rule the Mid East if Colonel Lawrence had lost his birth certificate like the golfing parrot did. He had to have to to enlist in the Royal army.

  • Alan Bly

    We are amazed at the bizarre and offensive things that Erdogan says and does…and he says and does such things frequently. The truth is, he’s really quite insane in a very literal sense.

  • Mickey Oberman

    How lucky Turkey is to have such a jocular comedian as its president.

    He is a laugh a minute.

    • charlie johnson

      What makes his jokes so funny is that he tells them with a straight face as if he means it.