INTERNATIONAL > Turkish FM denies Israel used Turkish base in Syria attack


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The Russia Today report said Israeli planes left a military base inside Turkey. AFP Photo

The Russia Today report said Israeli planes left a military base inside Turkey. AFP Photo

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has denied claims that Israel used a Turkish military base to launch an attack against Syria, saying the claims were complete lies and had no basis in reality.

“Turkey will neither be a part nor a partner of such ‘attacks.’ The ones who claim this want to damage Turkey’s power and reputation,” he said. “It is out of the question that Turkey and Israel are part of a joint military operation.”

Israel has used a Turkish military base to launch an attack against Syria, according to an earlier report on the Russia Today website. A high ranking Turkish official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also told the Hürriyet Daily News that Israel warplanes had not come close to a "sensitive range" of Turkish air space.

The airstrike on July 5 in Latakia reportedly targeted Russian Yakhont anti-ship missiles, a type of advanced weapon that Israeli officials previously said they would not allow to reach Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to confirm or deny Israeli involvement in the airstrike but a New York Times report, citing U.S. officials, said Israel targeted advanced anti-ship cruise missiles.

The Russia Today report said Israeli planes left a military base inside Turkey and approached Latakia from the sea to make sure that they stayed out of Syrian airspace so they could not become a legitimate target for the Syrian air force.

Israel has repeatedly said it would take action to prevent what it calls “game changing” weapons, including chemical weapons and advanced guided missiles, from reaching Hezbollah or other hostile militant groups.


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7/16/2013 2:28:41 AM

I read the article, Blue , but I'm still not convinced. IAF jets could've flown north past Latakia over the med, made a U turn and attacked from the north, if that was their concern. I don't believe RTE, the champion of the Gazans, who didn't retaliate after the F4 and the Reyhanli incidents, would've wanted to be seen to be allying with Israel in an attack against Syria, despite what Richard Silverstein speculates. It just doesn't seem very likely to me.

ilker avni

7/16/2013 12:44:12 AM

This is not the first time Israel has used Turkish airspace to hit Syria,remember back a few years ago Turkey was acting as the gobetween peace maker when Israel attacked Syria useing Turkish airspace in 2009/10.Which was the turning point in relations between Israel and Turkey which led up to the Davos incident followed by the Mavi mara.Israel never asks it takes with or without permission.

Çılgın Kanarya

7/15/2013 10:25:02 PM

YAACOV MA, I share your thoughts that Davutoǧlu behaves like a chicken. He certainly is clucking crazy!

Çılgın Kanarya

7/15/2013 10:22:29 PM

In terms of who to believe, this is a real conundrum! Russia Today is indeed a lie-a-minute broadcaster & is to the Kremlin what HaberTurk is to Çankaya, yani nothing more than the state's official mouthpiece. On the other hand, however, we all know that Davutoǧlu & his fellow AKP gangsters lie for their breakfast. On this occasion though, I would be inclined to agree with Barış, who rightly points out that Israel has other options, & therefore using Turkish soil as a launchpad is unnecessary.

Al Rashid

7/15/2013 7:33:12 PM

Turkey is able to do a great deal if it wants. But Turkey is a proud, respected and respectful nation that sits side by side with the great nations of the world and knows how to behave accordingly. Unlike that pariah racist apartheid state that is succumbed by its eternal paranoia. Perhaps it will learn to behave like a proper country one day, but I wouldn't hold your breath.

Blue Dotterel

7/15/2013 7:31:49 PM

Bariş, one reason given is "The answer may lie in the fact that attacking from Turkey would allow Israel to attack from the north rather than the west. Syria would not have expected an attack on Latakia from the north and therefore might not have defended against it. This would give the Israeli attackers an element of surprise." By Richard Silverstein, 'Israel Used Turkish Military Base in Latakia Attack: Unanswered Questions'

anton supertramp

7/15/2013 6:40:19 PM

@rimon i dont see any insults neither in my comment nor in job jons,you r being sensetive and im pretty sure you didint laugh ur head off :)

american american

7/15/2013 5:17:45 PM

israel is just doing what turkey can't

Al Rashid

7/15/2013 4:25:26 PM

Seems like the "subject" is a ladyboy. Hopefully he/she considers that a compliment as well coming from me. By the way I think the PM and government have a problem with zionism because it subjagates and oppresses other people, it is profoundly racist. Steals other peoples lands and causes nothing but problems for its neighbours and the rest of the world.

mara mcglothin

7/15/2013 4:09:32 PM

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