Turkey’s Insane Islamist PM Claims Israel Behind Egypt Coup Based on Interview with French Philosopher

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The bar for Erdogan brand crazy is getting pretty high these days ever since his chief adviser began talking about Telekinesis plots to kill him. And in all fairness, the Islamist Prime Minister of Turkey was recently hoping to add Syria to his Islamist power orbit, only to lose Egypt.

And he can easily imagine the Occupy Gezi protesters and the beleaguered Turkish military, most of which is in jail, deciding to pull a Morsi on him once his phony economy comes down over his hairy ears.

Still this isn’t exactly a man who is playing with all his marbles.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan has suggested that Israel is behind the military intervention in Egypt that removed President Mohamed Morsy in early July.

“Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence,” Erdoğan told members of his party meeting in Ankara on Tuesday in statements quoted by Today’s Zaman newspaper. Erdogan cited a French Jewish intellectual, without mentioning his name, who, according to Erdoğan, said in 2011 that the Muslim Brotherhood would not be in power even if they are elected because “democracy is not the ballot box.”

Apparently Erdogan meant this 2011 video of Bernard Henri Levy, a French Jewish philosopher, and Tzipi Livni, at the time a member of the opposition.

Turkey’s prime minister on Tuesday accused Israel of being behind the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, offering as the only evidence for his claim a statement by a Jewish French intellectual during a meeting with an Israeli official.

“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 a televised address to officials from his Islamic-rooted, ruling party. “That’s exactly what happened.”

An aide later told The Associated Press that the evidence Erdogan was referring to was a video “available on the Internet” of a press conference by Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy.

The official said that as far as he knew, that was the only evidence of the claim. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with government rules that bar him from speaking to reporters without prior authorization.

Tzipi Livni, being her idiot self, is clearly zoning out while Levy is talking, playing with her hair and looking out into space. Levy says that he would not consider the Muslim Brotherhood a democratic organization, states that democracy is values, not just ballots, and that he would support an overthrow of the Brotherhood, which at the time was not yet in power.

As proof of an Israeli conspiracy to overthrow Morsi, the presence of a future Israeli member of government at a discussion where someone else says that he would endorse the overthrow of a future Muslim Brotherhood government is pretty thin.

The West likes to pretend that Erdogan isn’t a lunatic. Unfortunately for them, he insists on proving them wrong.

At least it’s not another telekinesis plot.

  • Gee

    Why do racist morons have to prove it so often?

  • InfantryVeteran

    Bernard-Henri Levy is the man who was publicly embarrassed when he used, as a central point of his refutation of Kant, the writings of French “philosopher” Jean-Baptiste Botul, a well-known spoof of French journalist and philosopher, Frédéric Pagès, whose thought-system is termed “botulism.”

    More worrying, of course, is Bernard-Henri Levy’s Zionist apologism. In reference to the IDF, he claims to “have never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions.”

    • Moa

      You do realize that every Israel officer carries a little card in their pocket covering the ethics of the Rules of War? Did you “InfantryVeteran” carry such rules with you on a daily basis? No. Your army is less concerned about ethics than the Israeli Army.

      However, “ethics” is not “democracy”. Do you realise that the IDF has a lot of Arabs serving? and some Druze? and lots of secularists? and is now forcing Orthodox Jews to serve? in this regard the IDF has a greater cross-spectrum of the population than say, the US Army (where the poor have always been disproportionally represented in the enlisted ranks). In this sense the IDF is indeed far more democratic that most armies.

      > “Even France has its local version of Alan Dershowitz.”

      And even an “InfantryVeteran” can be such a shameful anti-Semite they will ignore the facts to make their point!

      • Crazycatkid

        I didn’t see infantryman’s comment as anti-Semitic. Perhaps I missed something-not sure. And I don’t see Dershowitz as a true honest representative of the well being of Israel and the Jewish people. Dershowitz is sometimes on target but primarily a leftist.
        Otherwise, I agree with you, Moa.

        • Moa

          The anti-Semitism comes through the term “Zionist Populism” when used a pejorative. “Zionism” is not a dirty word, it is a concept that the dispora of Jews should try to return to the land their co-religionists have been in continuously for over 3000 years. Using “Zionism” is the way he did attempts to discredit it. It is a subtle form of anti-Semitism.

          That said, if you want to criticize the Zionism on other factors then go for it. Please just don’t use the stealth denigration to make the point.

          I agree with you about Dershowitz. From what I’ve seen he’s a mixed bag with regard to promotion of universal liberty and equal treatment of Israelis and Jews. Although note that InfantryVeteran’s comments were about the Frenchman philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy.

          • Amin

            So would Israel support such returns carried out by other people?

            As we know – even by the Bible that Jews DID Not originate from Israel – rather from what is modern day Iraq.

            – –

            ” it is a concept that the dispora of Jews should try to return to the land their co-religionists have been in continuously for over 3000 years”

            A land of which Jews were no sovereign for over 2000years?

            It was one of the most incredible stunt known . . . the Europeans kill about 4-6million and then plant the Jews into Palestine. Incredible.

          • Moa

            I think you don’t get it. You might if you ask yourself the following question, “Who has the first legal claim to the Palestine region? Who has the last legal claim to the Palestine region?”.

            The answer in both cases are the Jews. Now Arabs may have a claim, but it is a much weaker claim than the Jews. Historically, the Arabs have not been sovereign rulers for half a millennia. The Ottomans were sovereign followed by the British Mandate followed by the UN granting of the land to Israel.

            It was not the “Europeans” who allowed immigration, it was the Ottomans for decades, followed by the British Mandate (although the British turned vast numbers away). Then it was most of the countries in the UN that recognised Israel, not just the Europeans.

            Your statements simply don’t match the history.

  • edlancey

    BHL (as the french leche-culs call him) was shilling for Gaddafi to be overthrown then wasn’t invited to the anniversary celebrations of the coup because the brave new Libya he fought to create is Judenrein. Sometime it’s difficult not to laugh at the utter ahistorical stupidity of fools like him.

    No-one will be happier he is back in the news than the bouffant bouffon himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552301545 Jacqueline El-Nil

    Not so fast, he seems to be on to something…let’s see his evidence.
    And while we’re waiting maybe the Zionist state could give us a brief update on Mordechai Vanunu.