Turkey’s Recep Erdogan claims Jews involved in Egypt’s Morsi overthrow

(JNS.org) Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Israel of being behind the July 3 military coup in Egypt, saying he had evidence of the Jewish state's involvement in the overthrow of the country's former Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Turkish prime minister said his evidence of the Israeli plot was a meeting between a "Jewish intellectual" and an Israeli justice minister in France, where the intellectual said the Muslim Brotherhood would lose power even if it were democratically elected, Israel Hayom reported.

Erdogan was a staunch supporter of the democratically elected Morsi, and has decried the Egyptian military since the Egyptian president's ouster. Last Thursday, Turkey recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations amid the ongoing unrest, as pro-Brotherhood supporters clashed with the military.

Erdogan's accusation of Israel “has single-handedly shown how even Islamist leaders embraced in the West as the most moderate harbor noxious anti-Semitism and conspiracy theories,” Michael Rubin wrote for Commentary magazine on Tuesday.

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said “Egyptians acting on their own accord and in their own interests” are responsible for the recent events in Egypt.

To suggest Israel has fomented the unrest in Egypt is incitement of the first order, demagogic and dangerous,” Foxman said in a statement.

Posted on August 20, 2013 .