First reaction from AKP to US scold of Erdoğan's claims on Israel role in Morsi ouster
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Salih Kapusuz was the first ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) official to comment US reaction on Aug. 21. DHA photoThe White House’s condemnation of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks claiming that Israel was behind the military takeover in Egypt received a first reaction from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) ranks on Aug. 21 by its deputy head Salih Kapusuz.
“The United States has played Israel’s advocate and condemned the prime minister’s statements. The statements of the U.S., which has not condemned the coup [in Egypt], do not carry a lot of weight with us,” Kapusuz said via Twitter, slamming Washington for reacting before Israel.
“Besides, the fact that the U.S. has hurried to respond to us before Israel should be due to a complicity psychology. Turkey will endeavor to end the massacre in Egypt even if it is alone. Turkey is a strong country that won’t submit to the impositions of any country,” he added.
On Aug. 20, Erdoğan had claimed to have evidence that Israel orchestrated the July 3 military takeover that toppled the elected President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, triggering a strong response from Washington. The White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said that the comments were “offensive and unsubstantiated and wrong,” and damaging for regional cooperation.
Kapusuz was the first to react on social media, however governments officials have not made comments yet on Earnest’s statements.