Turkish daily quotes its PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday saying he has proof from a Jewish intellectual that the Israel gov’t was involved in the Egyptian Army’s overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood regime.
By Israel Hayom staff
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of being behind the July 3 military coup in Egypt, saying he had evidence of the Jewish state’s involvement in the overthrow of Egypt’s Islamist former President Mohammed Morsi.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan – Photo: AFP
The Turkish prime minister, an often vociferous critic of Jerusalem policies, said his evidence of the Israeli plot was a meeting between a “Jewish intellectual” and the justice minister in France, where the intellectual said the Muslim Brotherhood would lose power even if it were democratically elected.
“‘The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections. Because democracy is not the ballot box.’ This is what he said at that time,” Erdogan quoted the French intellectual as saying.
Erdogan’s claim that Jews were subversively plotting against Islamist regimes such as his own echoed one of his deputies, Beşir Atala, who made similar claims earlier this summer. Atala accused diaspora Jews “jealous of Turkey’s growth” of working through the media to skew Turkish authorities unfavorably as they cracked down on protesters who had started demonstrating against a government plan to develop a mosque and commercial area in one of Istanbul’s parks.
Erdogan was a staunch supporter of the democratically-elected Morsi, and has decried the Egyptian military since the Egyptian president’s ouster.
Last Thursday Turkey recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations amid the ongoing unrest as pro-brotherhood supporters clashed with the military.
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