Turkey - Prime Minister Erdogan 'Saddened' By US Condemnation Of His Accusation Against Israel
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 Egyptâ€™s Muslim Brotherhood- affiliated president, Mohamed Morsi.
â€śWhat is it to the White House that it should respond?â€ť Erdogan said on Saturday. â€śIt 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.â€ť
The White House criticized Erdoganâ€™s claim about Israelâ€™s alleged involvement in the recent events in Egypt the same day he made it.
â€śWe strongly condemn the statements that were made by Prime Minister Erdogan today,â€ť White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. â€śSuggesting that Israel is somehow responsible for recent events in Egypt is offensive, unsubstantiated and wrong.â€ť
The White Houseâ€™s reaction, the Turkish prime minister said, showed the â€śdouble standard of the world.â€ť
â€śThe White House should not have spoken about this,â€ť he said.
â€śIf thereâ€™s somebody to speak on this, it should have been Israel.â€ť
Erdoganâ€™s original statement, forcefully presented as a conspiracy theory involving French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri LĂ©vy, also triggered criticism of his political fitness to govern Turkey.
â€śLetâ€™s be blunt: If Erdogan is a model, then he is a model for bigotry,â€ť Michael Rubin, a resident scholar and expert on Turkey at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote on the website of Commentary.
â€śTurkey has an anti-Semitism problem, and it is personified by its leader.â€ť
Jeffrey Goldberg, a commentator who writes extensively on the Middle East, declared: â€śItâ€™s time to call Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan what he is: a semi-unhinged bigot.â€ť
To continue with the notion of Erdoganâ€™s questionable mental health, his behavior has apparently spilled over into harming his countryâ€™s foreign policy.
â€śTurkeyâ€™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,â€ť 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: â€śErdogan is increasingly unhinged. Is this really what Turks â€“ a serious, sober people â€“ want in their leader?â€ť Roger L. Simon, a cofounder of the news and opinion website PJ Media, asked why the Turkish people had voted for this â€śbozo,â€ť adding: â€śBesides being a bigot, #Erdogan seems to be a real nitwit.â€ť
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