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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gestures as he gives a speech during a meeting at his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party headquarters in Ankara, on August 20, 2013. AFP photo

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gestures as he gives a speech during a meeting at his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party headquarters in Ankara, on August 20, 2013. AFP photo

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency has removed a story about an online video cited on Aug. 20 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as proof that Israel was behind the coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

The story canceled by the agency cited Prime Ministry sources confirming that the prime minister referred to comments available in an online video from a seminar in mid-2011 involving French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and Tzipi Livni, then the leader of Israel’s opposition and now justice minister. The agency, however, published the transcript of the video after it removed the story.

Separately, an aide told The Associated Press that the evidence Erdoğan was referring to was a video “available on the Internet” of a press conference by Livni and Lévy.

“What is said about Egypt? That democracy is not the ballot box. Who is behind this? Israel is. We have the evidence in our hands,” Erdoğan said Aug. 20 in Ankara.

The removal came as Ankara was criticized by the United States, Egypt and Israel on the same day. The White House condemned Erdoğan’s claim that Israel had a role in toppling ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Meanwhile, an aide to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Erdoğan’s claim “nonsense” as Egypt’s military-installed government said no one “sane or fair” could accept the prime minister’s allegation.

August/21/2013

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american american

8/21/2013 8:04:52 PM

uh oh...it looks the western agent was told to jump

Soap box

8/21/2013 5:46:21 PM

@Ozman: What are you trying to tell us? Firstly, one cannot watch a transcript...have you read something or watched something. 2nd. America, Israel and Egypt disagree with you. Do you think they read the Hurriyet?

norman Ot

8/21/2013 4:51:33 PM

Erdogan becomes a funny clown like Gadaffi for the media , he became allready part of problem in the middle east, instead of solving anything.....turk people can laugh at least

Oz_man .

8/21/2013 4:06:53 PM

I've just watched the transcript in question. I must say the Turkish Journalists are struggling. Not only is there bad reporting but there is also bad translating. No where in the transcript is Erdogan blaming Israel for the military coup in Egypt. Need to get your facts right.

Sparks

8/21/2013 3:52:33 PM

Too many bloopers and covering up the real thoughts will absolutely not bring the victory for the AKP next year. And every day you can read about the ongoing forgery in Turkish newspapers. When will it stop?

mara mcglothin

8/21/2013 3:50:19 PM

RED TAIL It isn't peculiar -burasi Turkey.

Çılgın Kanarya

8/21/2013 3:11:44 PM

Come on, Erdoğan is clearly spot on ... We all know that foreign governments and agents discuss and plan 'coups' at live press conferences! This evidence is rock solid yaaaaa! :)

Brian Irlanda

8/21/2013 3:01:36 PM

This is truly hilarious. Reminds me of that other AKP minister who blamed the Jewish people for causing the Gezi Park riots. He did it on video and than said that he didn't say it though it was all over TV and the internet. Now this! I think the final words in this article from the aide to the Israeli PM says it all. (no one sane or fair, emphasis on "sane") The Turkish people need to do something urgently. A madman cannot be allowed to run the country.

JRC JRC

8/21/2013 2:32:56 PM

Too late, he has already made a fool of himself. He'll never learn, why should he, when his ignorant utterances are lapped up by his ignorant followers?

Ottoman Reactionary

8/21/2013 2:24:31 PM

This is because Turkey is puppet state of United States and Israel and Erdogan, Kilicdaroglu are only yelling around even if they know they are NOT ALLOWED to do anything.
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