Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel is behind the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose administration took a number of measures against the Tel Aviv regime.
Erdogan made the remarks on Tuesday during a nationally televised speech.
The Turkish prime minister also criticized certain Islamic countries, saying they are betraying Egypt by backing the country's military-appointed government.
“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,” Erdogan said. “That’s exactly what happened.”
Erdogan’s statement angered Israel, the United States, and the new government in Cairo. They strongly condemned the Turkish prime minister for speaking against the regime in Tel Aviv.
In 1979, under the authoritarian rule of Anwar Sadat, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, but was compelled to agree to supply gas to Israel as one of the main economic conditions of the US-sponsored peace deal.
In 1981, Hosni Mubarak took power after Sadat was assassinated. Mubarak continued Sadat’s policies throughout his three-decade dictatorship.
In addition, Mubarak also fully supported Israel in its blockade of 1.7 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, a situation that created more miseries for the Palestinians and infuriated many Egyptians.
In January 2011, Egyptians launched a revolution against the Mubarak regime, which eventually ended his rule on February 11, 2011.
Almost a year after the revolution, Egyptians elected a new parliament and in mid-2012 a new president, Mohamed Morsi.
In March 2012, the lower house of the Egyptian parliament unanimously approved a text declaring that Israel was the number one enemy of Egypt and called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador and a halt to gas exports to Israel.
On March 12, Egyptian MPs voted by a show of hands on the text of a report, which was compiled by the Arab Affairs Committee of the People's Assembly (lower house of parliament).
"Revolutionary Egypt will never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity, which we consider to be the number one enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation," the report declared, adding, "It will deal with that entity as an enemy, and the Egyptian government is hereby called upon to review all its relations and accords with that enemy."
The revolutionary government of Morsi also relaxed many bans imposed on the Palestinians and established relations with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. It also improved relations between Egypt and a number of Islamic countries with whom ties had been strained under Sadat and Mubarak.
The Morsi government also announced to revise Egyptian-Israeli ties and reportedly considered terminating the so-called peace deal with Tel Aviv under which Egypt had to agree to supply gas to Israel at an extremely low price.
In a televised speech late on July 3 night, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi, a former leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution.
Army officials said Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military.
On July 5, Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader Mohammed Badie said the coup against Morsi is illegal and millions will remain on the street until he is reinstated as president.
Since July 3, Egyptian security forces have killed hundreds of people in a bloody crackdown on supporters of Morsi.
On Tuesday, the new government arrested Badie and sent him to Tora prison in southern Cairo, where Mubarak and other leaders from his regime are being held. A day earlier, Mubarak’s lawyers announced that he would be freed from prison within days.
Egyptian judges ruled on Monday that Mubarak had already spent too long in custody after one of the charges against him was dropped.
Source: Press TV