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TEL AVIV, August 21. (Itar-Tass). – The statement of Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about Israel’s involvement in the overthrow of Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi and in the Egyptian crisis at large is “an absolute nonsense” and “doesn’t mean anything”. Thus commented Erdogan’s claims the representative of Israeli Prime Minister’s office quoted by today’s Jerusalem Post. The spokesperson of Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Yigal Palmor called the words of Turkish Prime Minister “undeserving any kind of comment”.
On Tuesday, head of Turkey’s government blamed Israel in plotting Morsi’s overthrow. Earlier, Ankara officially scorched actions of new Egyptian authorities that crackdown anti-governmental protests of Islamists.
Bitter denunciation of Erdogan’s statement was also expressed by Turkey’s NATO associate, the U.S. that evaluates recent changes in Egypt mostly negatively. “Speculations on possible Israel’s responsibility of latest events in Egypt are offensive, unsubstantiated and erroneous,” Marie Harf, official representative of the U.S. State Department, said.
Anti-Israeli policy of Erdogan, that after many years of friendly relations between the two countries reckons Israel as an enemy, sparks controversies in Turkey itself. Thus, influential newspaper Hurriyet ironically commented the Prime Minister’s latest statements: “August 20, Erdogan is back on the warpath, blaming one of the main dreads of official Ankara – Israel – of plotting Morsi’s overthrow”.
Jerusalem Post notes that the anti-Israeli mood of Turkish Prime Minister hasn’t changed even after the head of Israel’s Cabinet Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for “operational mistakes that led to human losses”, when Mavi Marmara vessel was attacked when delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip in 2010.