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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan parks responsibility for Egypt’s military coup at Israel’s door in another outburst, adding there is ‘evidence’

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. DHA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. DHA photo

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan went back on the warpath Aug.20, accusing one of Ankara’s most prominent bogeymen, Israel, of complicity in overthrowing Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi while telling critics to find dictatorship not in Turkey, but in today’s Egypt.

“Who is behind [the coup]? There is Israel,” Erdoğan told a meeting of party leaders. “We have document in our hands,” he said, citing an open session between a Jewish intellectual from France and an Israeli justice minister before the first free elections in Egypt held in March 2011.

As he was delivering multilayered messages concerning both foreign and domestic policy at the meeting, Erdoğan furthermore maintained that those who have been accusing the government of autocratic governance in Turkey should actually look at Egypt, where the coup rulers have been acting dictatorially. “If you want to see a dictator, go ahead, go to Egypt,” he said.

In an apparent reference to moves to topple his government at the time, Erdoğan recalled that Turkey had experienced coup attempts and undemocratic practices. “Here, at this moment, there are those who want to float again the West’s understanding which says ‘Democracy is not the ballot box,’ or ‘Democracy is not only the ballot box.’ But we say that democracy’s path passes through the ballot box and the ballot box itself is the people’s will. At the moment, this is what is being implemented in Egypt.”

“What do they say in Egypt? They say that ‘Democracy is not the ballot box.’”

Erdoğan refers to Bernard-Henri Levy: Claim

A source later told the Associated Press that the evidence on Israel that Erdoğan was referring to was a video “available on the Internet” of a press conference by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that as far as he knew, that was the only evidence of the claim. A video of the two, dating back to 2011, shows Levy saying: “If the Muslim Brotherhood arrives in Egypt, I will not say democracy wants it, so let democracy progress. Democracy is not only elections, it is also values.”

Pressed further as to whether he would urge Egypt’s military to intervene against the Muslim Brotherhood, Levy said: “I will urge the prevention of them coming to power, but by all sorts of means.”

“‘The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections, because democracy is not the ballot box.’ This is what they said at that time,” Erdoğan said.

In Israel, the country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, said Erdoğan’s comments did not merit a response. “This is a statement well worth not commenting on.” Turkey has been one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an “unacceptable coup” after the military toppled Morsi last month, lashing out at the West and Arab nations for failing to condemn his ouster.

Touching on the run-up to the upcoming local elections in March 2014, Erdoğan firstly underlined the need for party executives at all level of branches to dedicate themselves to work for the upcoming local elections, instead of focusing on their own political career.

“Thirty metropolitan cities constitute 76 percent. With this aspect, we have to see how important are the votes we will get from these 30 metropolitan cities,” he said, referring to the fact that the number of metropolitan municipalities rose from 16 to 30 after a controversial law on restructuring municipalities was adopted in late 2012 despite strong objection from the opposition parties.


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Suhail Shafi

8/21/2013 10:54:09 PM

The US has a history of toppling popularly elected govt ( Mossadegh in Iran, Allende in Chile ) with some collusion of Israel. Whether the coup in Egypt was orchestrated by the US/Israel alliance which has propped up dictatorships in the past remains to be seen. History, however suggests, Mr Erdogan's statement is not as far fetched as it may seem.

Nikos K.

8/21/2013 7:34:16 PM

@Jim Rebel: Serafim of Piraeus and two more Metropolitans (Amvrossios of Aegialia & Anthimos of Salonika) are known for their ultra-national approaches and in fact they are being laughed at by most Greeks. Unfortunately clerics vote among themselves and who gets elected has nothing to do with the citizens. At least in Greece people are still able to say loudly whatever they want without worrying for being arrested. It's politicians who should be careful with words. And RTE isn't cautious at all

Geir Fugleberg

8/21/2013 3:49:08 PM

This is a logical step by Mr E,-the average level of education in Turkey is about 5 years,-and decreasing if evrybody has 5 children,-those half litterates are Mr Es core electorate. Very logical indeed, The most stupid segment of any society always loves conspiracies,bcs it releaves them of taking responsibility for their own situation. Mr Es core electorate do not want a PM,-they want an aga,and sadly,that is what we all has got.AND,moore sadly the enligtened part of AKP knows this,-no change.

Çılgın Kanarya

8/21/2013 3:04:55 PM

Also LAZ K, you ask when the foreigners on here will start commenting on their own countries instead of Turkey. Well Trabzon boy, I guess that will be about the same time that you start commenting on your own 'football' club instead of continually writing with your jealous rants about Fenerbahçe! 30 years of hurt and despair, and still the tears are flowing, ha ha :)


8/21/2013 2:51:04 PM

Mike Alexander, @ This is what Greeks think of Israel: Metropolitan Seraphim of Piraeus blaming the current financial crisis on a Zionist. He also said, that international Zionism tries to destroy family values by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages, and said there is a Zionist conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy. He went on to say that Jews such as "Rockefeller, Rotchschild and Soros control the international banking system that controls globalization."

Tarek Masud

8/21/2013 2:43:24 PM

@ Wing, again singing the tale of 3 million won't stop what's coming for the sissy gang! 66 million are now protesting for the ouster of the mafia gang.

British Chapuller

8/21/2013 2:15:53 PM

RTE is single handedly making a joke and a mockery out of Turkey...Members of the AKP, what has he got on you all that you are afraid to stand up against him? Is it worth seeing your country die for? Make a stand now before it is too late, for the love of sanity, make a stand!!

Anwar Baig

8/21/2013 1:25:34 PM

Israel is the main cause of disturbances in middle east. Since the birth of Israel, the middle east facing crisis due to anti Muslim policies of Israeli state. U all hv forgot the Marmara flotilla in which several Turkish people killed. who killed them? Erdogan? or Israel? U people of Turkey will not awake as soon as possible then u will also face Israeli backed military coup.

Soap box

8/21/2013 12:51:39 PM

@ Sara: ?????? RTE has been consistant too. Going well eh! @Turkic: You have got to be kidding?! Your grasp of the concept of evidence makes you an ideal candidate for Judge or Prosecution witness for Ergenoken 2.

Sabri Gen

8/21/2013 12:43:18 PM

If Israel can get 30 million Egyptians to the street, perhaps it could, please, transfer RTE to some jungle outpost on the Amazon.
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