Turkey's Erdogan sees Israel's hand in Egyptian overthrow

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in AnkaraTurkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Tuesday of having a hand in the Egyptian military’s overthrow of president Mohamed Mursi, making comments likely to further undermine efforts to restore Ankara’s strained ties with Israel.

Erdogan, who has become one of the fiercest critics of the Islamist leader’s removal last month, also said he feared “autocratic regimes” would take root if the West failed to respect election results.

Almost 900 people have died in the past week since the military-backed Egyptian government cracked down on supporters of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, who want the country’s first freely-elected president reinstated.

“What do they say in Egypt? Democracy is not the ballot box. What is behind it? Israel. We have in our hands documentation,” Erdogan told provincial leaders of his AK Party.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry declined to respond to Erdogan’s allegation. “This is a statement well worth not commenting on,” said ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

Mursi was the most prominent Islamist to gain power through the ballot box after the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and ruled for a year until his removal on July 3. Erdogan’s AK party, which has won the last three Turkish general elections, traces its roots to a banned Islamist movement.

Erdogan did not say what documentation he had, but referred to comments he said an Israeli cabinet minister had made before Egyptian parliamentary elections held after a popular uprising pushed President Hosni Mubarak from power.

“Before the 2011 elections, during a session in France, the justice minister and an intellectual fromFrance – he’s Jewish too – they used exactly this comment: ‘Even if the Muslim Brotherhood wins the election, they will not win because democracy is not the ballot box’,” Erdogan said.

“That is exactly what happened,” he said in the comments aired live by state broadcaster TRT, without naming either the minister or the French intellectual.

Turkey’s relations with Israel have soured in recent years and hit a low in May 2010 when Israeli commandos killed nine Turkish activists while storming the Mavi Marmara, a ship in a convoy seeking to break an Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

Earlier this year, Erdogan called Zionism “a crime against humanity”, prompting objections from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. President Barack Obama subsequently orchestrated an Israeli apology for the Mavi Marmara raid.

At least two senior AK Party officials have suggested there was Jewish involvement in anti-government protests that rocked Turkey in late May and June.

Erdogan repeatedly blamed unnamed foreign circles for those protests, in what he deemed an anti-democratic effort to undo Turkey’s last three elections, in which the AK Party increased its share of the vote each time.

“The West needs to learn the definition of democracy, Erdogan said. “If it cannot … these clashes will carry the world towards a different place. What is that? It will take it towards autocratic regimes. That is our concern.”

Reuters

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16 responses to “Turkey's Erdogan sees Israel's hand in Egyptian overthrow”

  1. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    One Islamist shows sympathy for another.

    1. Yes and the same person backed them in syria until it came back to bite him with his own protests.

  2. Patience2 Avatar
    Patience2

    One Islamist shows sympathy for another.

    1. Yes and the same person backed them in syria until it came back to bite him with his own protests.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    The Israeli was ‘prophetic’ then … not an implementer of anything. (But everyone is a Jew, right? 😉
    “What do they say in Egypt? ….”
    Listen to the Egyptian people on You Tube, Erdogan, who waited a year for something good to happen with ‘freedom’ from a little tyrant, and only found it getting worse. They don’t want the military being in charge again, but they have seen that the ‘brotherhood’ was/is not brotherly to ALL Egyptians – even if they are Muslims. And secular-law thoughts flew out the window.

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    The Israeli was ‘prophetic’ then … not an implementer of anything.
    “What do they say in Egypt? ….”
    Listen to the Egyptian people on You Tube, Erdogan, who waited a year for something good to happen with ‘freedom’ from a little tyrant, and only found it getting worse. They don’t want the military being in charge again, but they have seen that the ‘brotherhood’ was/is not brotherly to ALL Egyptians – even if they are Muslims. And secular-law thoughts flew out the window.

  5. master09 Avatar

    Respect election results, wow which one the true or the rigged one..
    I saw ten times more people on the street wanting Morsi out than the ones supporting him….

  6. master09 Avatar

    Respect election results, wow which one the true or the rigged one..
    I saw ten times more people on the street wanting Morsi out than the ones supporting him….

  7. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    Israel is always the scapegoat. Why don’t you let us see this documentation, president Erdogan?

  8. The real lebanese Avatar
    The real lebanese

    Israel is always the scapegoat. Why don’t you let us see this documentation, president Erdogan?

  9. Hannibal Avatar

    I wish that ottoman head minds his own business.

  10. Hannibal Avatar

    I wish that ottoman head minds his own business.

  11. MaryTPresumptuous Avatar
    MaryTPresumptuous

    Erdogan is “all hat and no cattle.”:

    Egypt to Erdogan: We do not need lectures from a ‘Western agent’
    http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/08/21/Egypt-to-Erdogan-We-do-not-need-lectures-from-a-Western-agent-.html

    Israeli Media Identifies “Document”
    http://www.jpost.com/International/US-slams-Turkish-PM-Erdogan-for-blaming-Egypt-crisis-on-Israel-323729
    “The document, it emerged, was a video of a discussion held at Tel Aviv University on the Arab Spring in June 2011 between Tzipi Livni, then the head of the opposition and today the Justice Minister, and French Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Levy.” ….

  12. commandonazi Avatar
    commandonazi

    vrai
    israel encourages killing morsi supporters and democracy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PZeDX5bqeQ

  13. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    This guy is just competing with Isreal for pipelines and port activity, the more the arabs blow each other to pieces the better it is for the Zionists and their imaginary foe Turkey. When will these arabs start growing brains in their heads instead of beards and stand up to these instigators who fuel dissent and chaos. Arabians are not cut out to engage in politics but they can turn on each other instantly……

  14. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    This guy is just competing with Isreal for pipelines and port activity, the more the arabs blow each other to pieces the better it is for the Zionists and their imaginary foe Turkey. When will these arabs start growing brains in their heads instead of beards and stand up to these instigators who fuel dissent and chaos. Arabians are not cut out to engage in politics but they can turn on each other instantly……

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