Davutoglu chides US for criticism of Erdogan's Israel remarks

Foreign Minister said that criticism should be made in direct talks and not in press conferences because of the close relations between the two allied countries.

Davutoglu chides US for criticism of Erdogan's Israel remarks

World Bulletin/News Desk

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has criticized the US for condemning Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent remarks on Israel, saying that criticism should be made in direct talks and not in press conferences because of the close relations between the two allied countries.

“Expressing a reaction to [only a part of] the prime minister's remarks is not the kind of behavior that we can accept,” Davutoglu said in televised remarks early on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Erdogan said Israel was behind the military coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in early July, adding that the Turkish government has evidence to prove his claim.

“Turkey and the US are two friendly and allied countries. The channels [of communication] between us are always open. Turkey and the US do not talk to each other through the press. If there is any problem, they should share it with each other,” the minister said. He went on to say that Erdoğan's remarks were exclusively targeted at Israel, not the US.

“In Erdogan's statement the US is not cited even once. If anyone should react, it should be Israel. We cannot accept US condemnation for remarks that don't contain any mention of the US,” Davutoğlu said.

"What is said about Egypt? That democracy is not the ballot box. Who is behind this? Israel is. We have the evidence in our hands," Erdogan said in Tuesday's statement.

The evidence Erdoğan was referring to is a video of a press conference by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy.

The video of the two, which dates back to 2011, shows Levy saying: "If the Muslim Brotherhood arrives in Egypt, I will not say democracy wants it, so let democracy progress. Democracy is not only elections, it is also values."

Davutoğlu said that the prime minister was not claiming that Israel was directly involved in the Egyptian coup in his Tuesday remarks.

Erdoğan, he said, was only describing Israel's mentality, which favored the coup. “He gives an example from a meeting two years ago to depict this [Israeli] mentality.”

FM: Democratic regime cannot openly support Israel

While Turkey's priority in Egypt is to stop the bloodshed, the priority of other international actors is the security of Israel, Davutoğlu said. “It is clear that a democratic regime in Egypt would not have as great ties with Israel as a dictatorship [in Egypt] would have. In a democracy, no one could follow a pro-Israeli policy because then they wouldn't get any votes,” he said.

A senior official from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) also criticized the United States, saying the White House statement is meaningless for Turkey. “The US acted as the lawyer of Israel and condemned the statements of Erdoğan on Israel. The statement by the US which has so far failed to condemn the coup [in Egypt] is meaningless to us,” AK Party Deputy Chairman Salih Kapusuz said on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

Israeli authorities were quick to dismiss Erdogan's comments, saying on Tuesday that his claims were “not deserving to be commented on.” Speaking on Wednesday, Israel's former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman lashed out at Erdogan's remarks, saying his incitement against Israel makes him a successor to Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels. "Whoever heard the hateful and inciting words of (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan understands that this is Goebbels' successor," he was quoted as saying by The Associated Press.

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