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Turkey - Prime Minister Erdogan 'Saddened' By US Condemnation Of His Accusation Against Israel

Published on: August 24, 2013 09:44 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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FILE - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan leaves after a wreath-laying ceremony at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (FILE - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan leaves after a wreath-laying ceremony at the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, in Ankara August 1, 2013. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (

Turkey - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chastised Washington for having denounced his claim, made last Tuesday, that Israel was behind the coup that deposed Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood- affiliated president, Mohamed Morsi.

“What is it to the White House that it should respond?” Erdogan said on Saturday. “It should not have mentioned it, it should not have reacted like this. As two members of NATO, that one ally shows this kind of approach to the other is not appropriate.”

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The White House criticized Erdogan’s claim about Israel’s alleged involvement in the recent events in Egypt the same day he made it.

“We strongly condemn the statements that were made by Prime Minister Erdogan today,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. “Suggesting that Israel is somehow responsible for recent events in Egypt is offensive, unsubstantiated and wrong.”

The White House’s reaction, the Turkish prime minister said, showed the “double standard of the world.”

“The White House should not have spoken about this,” he said.

“If there’s somebody to speak on this, it should have been Israel.”

Erdogan’s original statement, forcefully presented as a conspiracy theory involving French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, also triggered criticism of his political fitness to govern Turkey.

“Let’s be blunt: If Erdogan is a model, then he is a model for bigotry,” Michael Rubin, a resident scholar and expert on Turkey at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote on the website of Commentary.

“Turkey has an anti-Semitism problem, and it is personified by its leader.”

Jeffrey Goldberg, a commentator who writes extensively on the Middle East, declared: “It’s time to call Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan what he is: a semi-unhinged bigot.”

To continue with the notion of Erdogan’s questionable mental health, his behavior has apparently spilled over into harming his country’s foreign policy.

“Turkey’s decision to flirt with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, support Islamist rebels in Syria, throw the strategic relation with Israel to the dogs, and increase tensions over Cyprus are all backfiring,” according to Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

On Saturday, after Erdogan responded to the US criticism, Twitter was abuzz.

Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, tweeted: “Erdogan is increasingly unhinged. Is this really what Turks – a serious, sober people – want in their leader?” Roger L. Simon, a cofounder of the news and opinion website PJ Media, asked why the Turkish people had voted for this “bozo,” adding: “Besides being a bigot, #Erdogan seems to be a real nitwit.”


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 Aug 24, 2013 at 09:59 PM erDOGan Says:

He's a "rabid" antisemite.

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 Aug 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM Anonymous Says:

I know of an institution for this Erdogan. Sure does not belong in politics.

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 Aug 24, 2013 at 10:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Pray for Mr. Erdogan.... the floor is quickly falling from beneath him..

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 Aug 24, 2013 at 10:25 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

Erdogan is sad?? Wha Wha! He's a loser who is mentally unstable. Ignore the fool.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 12:47 AM I_Am_Me Says:

He's scared that what is going on in Egypt & Syria will escalate in his own country where they've already had some skirmishess. Besides that, he is an anti Semite all Arabs & arab countries are. As for his stupidity that America can't talk to him this way 1) America always gets involved as they did for his country against ours & that was ok & 2) if he can talk about Israel like this & we're in the UN with his country then America who's in NATO with his country can as well

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 12:51 AM sambayon Says:

This guy is a megalomaniac

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 06:31 AM Teddybear Says:

Hey u big Fool , just wait when u will be toppled then u could scream "Israel is behind"
Di bist a Groise Bheime

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:00 AM RabiEisenmann Says:

He should be asked to substantiate his claim.Someone at his level cant say such a irresponsible statement without offering proof.

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 Aug 25, 2013 at 09:07 AM Anonymous Says:

coming to you next

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