US slams Turkish PM Erdoğan claims on Israel role in Morsi ouster

US slams Turkish PM Erdoğan claims on Israel role in Morsi ouster

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Erdogan’s comments on Israel are offensive, unsubstantiated and wrong.

Erdoğan had accused Israel during a meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), adding that they had the “evidence” on its role.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan angered Ankara’s U.S. ally, as well as regional leaders in Egypt and Israel, by accusing Israel on Tuesday of helping overthrow Cairo’s Islamist.

“Who is behind [the coup]? There is Israel,” Erdoğan told the party leaders. “We have document in our hands,” he said, citing an open session between a Jewish intellectual from France and an Israeli justice minister before the first free elections in Egypt held in March.

A source later told the Associated Press that the evidence on Israel that Erdoğan 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.

Cairo says patience ‘running thin’

The office of Egypt’s new prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi said Erdoğan’s latest words “have no basis in fact and are not accepted by any sane or fair person.”

It also said Erdoğan’s comments were intended to “target Egyptian national unity” and warned that Cairo’s “patience was reaching breaking point.”

 

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