Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. DHA photo
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has claimed that Israel was behind the July 3 military coup in Egypt, adding that Ankara has evidence as to the country’s involvement in President Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow.
“Now the West starts to say democracy is not the ballot box or not only the box but we know that the ballot box is the people’s will,” Erdoğan said Aug. 20 at an expanded meeting of the provincial chairs of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).
The prime minister criticized Western countries’ stance vis-à-vis Egypt’s coup, saying, “The West should [understand] the description of democracy, they need to learn it.”
“This is what has been implemented in Egypt. Who is behind this? Israel. We have evidence,” the prime minister said, citing a meeting between an intellectual and the justice minister in France before the 2011 elections.
Erdoğan said the intellectual was Jewish. “‘The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections. Because democracy is not the ballot box’: This is what he said at that time,” Erdoğan said.
“Nobody can say the word ‘dictator’ where dictatorship exists. They hang [such people] as they do in Egypt,” Erdoğan said. “Those who want to see a dictator must look at Egypt.”
Erdoğan also criticized Gulf countries that have provided financial aid to Egypt’s military government, asking them whether they had ever given such support to African Muslim countries.
“We know that there are rich people in the Islamic world, but we also know that there are poor people in need of alms. It is those rich of the Islamic world who have supported dictators,” he said.