Turkey has increasingly allied itself with the worst jihadists. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not only supports Hamas, but Turkey “has enabled and supplied the Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked groups inside Syria.” The Turkish education ministry also implemented a new curriculum promoting the Islamic “concept of jihad” to youngsters.
This bad news is now worsened by Erdogan cozying up to Iran. During meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Ayatollah Khamenei, Erdogan stated “that Kurdistan’s vote was a scheme designed by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.” Now he is continuing to blame Jews and Israel for the Kurdistan referendum on independence; a vote he called “treason” as he threatened the Kurdish leadership with a “dark end.”
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued on Thursday to associate Kurdistan Region’s last week referendum on independence from Iraq with Jews and Israel while threatening to shut down border crossings and air travel with Kurdistan in near future.
“Who is giving you counsel? Only Israel is behind you,” Erdogan said of Kurdistan’s President Masoud Barzani who defied international pressure from allies, and threats from neighboring Iran and Turkey to go ahead with the poll.
Ninety-two percent of voters in Kurdistan approved on September 25 the century-old Kurdish quest for statehood.
Erdogan’s comments followed his earlier claims in Iran during meetings with President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that Kurdistan’s vote was a scheme designed by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
“You have taken former Foreign Minister of France your right-hand side and another Jew to your left-hand side, working on a table with them,” Erdogan added, referring to Bernard Kouchner and the French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy respectively.
He was alluding to a recent photograph of Barzani’s on the night of the referendum with a group of former Western statesmen, intellectuals and Kurdish officials that included the two Frenchmen with Jewish roots, long-time supporters of the Kurdish cause.
Since the emergence of the picture, Turkey’s pro-government and Islamist media have been buzzing with conspiracy theories about Levy’s activities, his Jewish ethnicity and questions about Barzani’s roots, some of the articles loaded with anti-Semitic and anti-Kurdish hostility.
“They are not your friends, not your friends. They are with you today, but will disappear tomorrow,” the Turkish President said in a protesting tone during a televised meeting with an audience from Kurdish provinces…