Israel behind military coup in Egypt; Turkish PM claims to have evidence

ANKARA: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed to have the proof that Israel was behind the July 3 military coup that toppled Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Erdogan said the West was beginning to redefine democracy as a process that is not solely determined at the ballot box, although the poll represents “the people’s will.”

“This is what has been implemented in Egypt. Who is behind this? Israel. We have evidence,” Erdogan said, as quoted by the Hurriyet daily, during a meeting with provincial chairs of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Erdogan spoke of a meeting between Turkey’s justice minister and a “Jewish” intellectual in France before Egypt’s 2011 elections.

“The Muslim Brotherhood will not be in power even if they win the elections. Because democracy is not the ballot box’: This is what [the intellectual] said at that time,” Turkish Prime Minister added.

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