Israel threat to region because it has atomic bomb: Turkish PM

Erdogan accuses Israel of committing "state terrorism."

Afp October 05, 2011

ANKARA: Israel is a "threat" to its region because it owns nuclear weapons, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

"I right now see Israel as a threat for its region, because it has the atomic bomb," Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news agency, during an official visit to South Africa.

He also accused Israel of committing "state terrorism."

Erdogan in the past has accused the West of "double standards" in the way that it has tried to ban Iran from building nuclear weapons without taking similar measures against Israel.

Israel has never officially admitting to possessing nuclear weapons.

Turkey downgraded relations with one time ally Israel after the latter refused to apologise for its raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla, in which nine Turkish activists died on May 31, 2010.

Last month, Turkey expelled the Israeli ambassador and froze military ties and defence trade deals. Ankara has also threatened to send warships to escort any Turkish vessels trying to reach Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Erdogan's remarks came in response to comments from an Israeli embassy diplomat in South Africa, who blamed Hamas for launching rocket attacks into Israeli territory, said the private NTV television.

The prime minister responded that Israel bombed Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip as well as the UN buildings in Gaza with phosphorus bombs, reported NTV.

In recent months, the United States has been alarmed at the estrangement between Turkey and its closest Middle East ally Israel.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to urge Turkey to defuse tension and repair strategic ties with Israel when she visits Istanbul to attend a conference on Afghanistan next month.

Clinton will visit Turkey on November 2, Marc Grossman, US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was quoted as saying in the Turkish media.


Junaid | 11 years ago | Reply

Panneta clearly stated that we (Americans) want a defense supremacy of Israel in the region to deal with other potential players. So no doubt that they are backing them. Middle east has definitely lost its balance of power and it would have dare consequences on he other parties (Muslims).

Bangladeshi | 11 years ago | Reply

@M: I think you are really confused . Please study the Quran rather than comming here doing jihad against Islam through your keyboard. Islam grants minorities its due rights and protects them under islamic law. minorities will be far better protected in an islamic state than in a secular state. Sadly there is no muslim country that is 100% islamic & mainly follow secular law. PAK is a good example of this fact & any minority persecuted in PAK is due to the people & the state not following Islam & giving minorities protection as per islamic law. Massacre of minorities in Secular india is a everyday affair & in that sense minorities in Bangladesh & to some extent in PAK is better protected than in India. Minorities are still far better off in muslim countries than that in any western countries and that is because muslims by nature of their religion considers every human as their brother in humanity.

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