"We had foreseen these events [the protests] as a series of conspiracies"
Israel has been very busy lately. According to Syria, it's behind the Sunni vs Shiite civil war there. Yemen's president claimed that Israel was behind the Arab Spring. The Libyan rebels claimed that Israel was behind Gaddafi. Gaddafi claimed that Israel was behind the rebels.
And now in the spirit of every brutal Muslim tyrant facing popular opposition, Turkey's Erdogan is blaming Israel for his problems with the Occupy Gezi protesters.
The Hurriyet Daily News reported that Erdogan, during a meeting with the chairman of the Confederation of Turkish Craftsmen and Tradesmen, said that foreign elements were involved in the two-week old Gezi Park protests.
"Those against whom we said 'one minute' are now delighted," he was quoted as saying.
"One minute" is a reference to when Erdogan verbally lashed out at President Shimon Peres at the Davos Economic Summit in 2009 following Operation Cast Lead, before angrily stalking off the stage in a move that catapulted him to enormous popularity in the Arab world.
When the moderator of the panel, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, tried to cut Erdgoan's comments short, the Turkish Prime Minister angrily said, "One minute... one minute… one minute… Don’t interrupt me. You are not allowing me to speak.”
But don't worry, there's a reasonable explanation for all this. It's not a case of large numbers of educated young people who are sick of being repressed by a corrupt thuggish bunch of Islamists. It's a vast Zionist conspiracy.
According to Hurriyet, Erdogan said on Thursday that "we had foreseen these events [the protests] as a series of conspiracies three months ago," even if the way in which the events unfolded was not predicted. "We had received some intelligence reports," he said.
Yes, everything was foreseen ahead of time. That must be why Erdogan looks like a murderous clown, even to his Eurocrat pals. But Erdogan blames everything on conspiracies. At least report, half the country was named in a vast conspiracy to topple him.