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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Blames Israel for Egypt “Coup”

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Ergogan blamed Israel for the overthrow of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Speaking to the provincial heads of Justice and Development (AK) Party, Erdogan was quoted as saying, "Israel is behind the Egyptian military coup, we have the related documents to confirm that."

The “documents” Erdogan cites is apparently a video in which French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Levy, speaking in 2011 on a panel discussion with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, commented that if the Muslim Brotherhood comes to power in Egypt, “I will not say democracy wants it … Democracy is not only elections, it is also values.”

Levy, when further asked if he would urge the Egyptian military to intervene against the Brotherhood, replies, “I will urge the prevention of them coming to power, but by all sorts of means.” 

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Turkish official said that, as far as he knew, this was the evidence that Erdogan was referring to.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that as far as he knew, that was the only evidence of the claim. A video of the two, dating back to 2011, shows Levy saying: “If the Muslim Brotherhood arrives in Egypt, I will not say democracy wants it, so let democracy progress. Democracy is not only elections, it is also values.”

Pressed further as to whether he would urge Egypt’s military to intervene against the Muslim Brotherhood, Levy said: “I will urge the prevention of them coming to power, but by all sorts of means.” 

Erdogan supports his claim that Israel was behind the ouster of Morsi by quoting what Levi said in 2011, “‘The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections, because democracy is not the ballot box.’ This is what they said at that time,” Erdogan said at the meeting. 

In a reference to the recent demonstrations in Turkey aimed at bringing down Erdogan for his increasingly aggressive Islamist for Turkey, Erdogan continued by saying, “Here, at this moment, there are those who want to float again the West’s understanding which says ‘Democracy is not the ballot box,’ or ‘Democracy is not only the ballot box.’ But we say that democracy’s path passes through the ballot box and the ballot box itself is the people’s will. At the moment, this is what is being implemented in Egypt.”

“What do they say in Egypt? They say that ‘Democracy is not the ballot box,’” he added. 

Levi can be seen in the video below making the remarks to which Erdogan is referring:

 

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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