World Bulletin/News Desk
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he resents the United States' recent condemnation of his claim that Israel had a hand in the Egyptian military's overthrow of the country's first democratically elected president, saying he may speak to US President Barack Obama about the issue, sources from the Prime Ministry have said. “What does this have to do with you [the US]? I am going to talks to US officials, maybe Obama [about this],” said Erdoğan during a recent meeting of the Central Decision and Administration Board (MKYK), the highest decision-making body of his Justice and Development Party (AK Party), sources told Today's Zaman. Erdoğan was referring to a recent US statement which found Erdoğan's comments on Israeli involvement in Egyptian coup “baseless.”
“Suggesting that Israel is somehow responsible for the recent events in Egypt are offensive, unsubstantiated and wrong,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday.
During a party meeting on Tuesday, Erdoğan told members of his party: “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.”
The evidence Erdoğan offered as proof of the alleged Israeli involvement was a meeting in France before the elections in Egypt in 2011 between an Israeli justice minister and an unnamed intellectual whom he quoted as saying the Muslim Brotherhood would not be in power even if it wins the elections.
The evidence took the form of a video of a press conference held by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy.Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2013, 13:44