Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims Israel was behind the fall of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said Tuesday replied: “This is a statement well worth not commenting on,”
Erdogan has his own problems. The situation in Turkey is not dissimilar to that of Egypt. He was democratically elected, and popular with the people of his country. After his election, he became dictatorial. He attempted, as did Morsi, to institute sharia law.
In May, protests erupted in Taksim Square. Thousands of demonstrators filled the streets of Istanbul, as the uprising spread to other cities. What began as a sit-in to protest the destruction of Gezi Park, developed into anti-government riots.
Morsi had also attempted to institute sharia law, and became dictatorial.
It is obvious that Erdogan is fearful of similar actions in Turkey. Reports say that many in the military and some in security forces are leaning towards defection.
Erdogan, who is anti-Israel, and is openly anti-Semitic, blamed Israel for the overthrow of Morsi.
“Who is behind [the ouster]? There is Israel,” Erdogan said at a meeting of his AK Party in Ankara. “We have [a] document in our hands.”
The ‘document’ was a video taken at Tel Aviv University in 2011. It depicts a conversation between Tzipi Livni, then the head of the opposition and today the Justice Minister, and French-Jewish intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy.
Levy said during the symposium: “If the Muslim Brotherhood arrives in Egypt, I will not say democracy wants it, so let democracy progress. Of course not. Democracy, again, is not only elections, it is also values.”
Levy said Hamas’s takeover of Gaza “was [a] putsch, a coup; a democratic coup, but a coup. Hitler in 1933 was a coup; a democratic coup, but a coup.”
When Levy was asked if he would entertain the possibility of the military intervening if a member of the Muslim Brotherhood came to power through elections, he responded: “I will urge the prevention of them coming to power, but by all sorts of means.”
Citing this discussion, Erdogan said, “‘The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections, because democracy is not the ballot box.’ This is what they said at that time.”
He has also accused Israel for the political unrest in his own country. He compared Zionism to fascism. He continually blames Israel for what he calls the ‘genocide of Palestinians.’
A White House spokesman condemned comments by Erdogan.
“We strongly condemn the statements that were made by Prime Minister Erdogan today. Suggesting that Israel is somehow responsible for recent events in Egypt is offensive, unsubstantiated, and wrong,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing.
Dictators live in a world of fantasy. Once they assume power, they believe they cannot be removed. And, although it has been an ignorant conception, power continues to corrupt absolutely. In just a few years dictators such as Mubarak, Gaddafi, and Morsi were deposed. Who will be next?
Can the desire for true freedom spread even farther? As the government of the United States moves towards increased execution of its own advancement as a priority over the welfare of its people, can it stand?
Erdogan, as have other dictators, refuses to accept blame for the turmoil in his country. And he chooses to ignore the reasons why Morsi was removed from power, and points an accusing finger at an outside source, Israel. In some manner, Erdogan will be removed from power, and exiled from Turkey. For the sake of a freedom loving nation, it cannot happen soon enough.
James Turnage Reporting