WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Turkey’s prime minister is pointing the finger at Israel for the toppling of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood government.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erodgan made the comments during a national televised speech Tuesday.
“What is said about Egypt? That democracy is not the ballot box. Who is behind this? Israel is. We have the evidence in our hands,” Erodgan proclaimed. “That’s exactly what happened.”
The evidence Erodgan claims proves Israel was behind the latest Egyptian revolt came during a meeting in France in 2011 between an Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and author Bernard-Henri Levy, according to The Associated Press.
The video reportedly 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.”
Levy also reportedly said: “I will urge the prevention of them coming to power, but by all sorts of means.”
Israel dismissed Erodgan’s claims.
“This is a statement well worth not commenting on,” Yigal Palmor, Israel Foreign Ministry spokesman, told the AP.
In his speech, Erodgan also criticized Muslim nations for not denouncing Morsi’s ouster from power.
“Today, despite the betrayal of brothers, no one will be able to prevent the Egyptian people from taking over the administration of Egypt,” Erodgan said.
Nearly 900 people died in the past week after security forces backed by Egypt’s interim government began cracking down on Muslim Brotherhood supporters.
CBS News reports that Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, was arrested and charged with inciting violence.
Morsi has been detained in an undisclosed location since he was overthrown in a coup last month.
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