New Turkish Leadership Still Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist

They're shuffling the deck chairs on the Turkish ship of state but don't expect any changes in the government's virulent anti-Israel/anti-Semitic behavior or its support for Islamist terrorists. 

That's because President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan has picked his protégé and foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu to succeed him as prime minister.

Together they have been turning the secular republic into an increasingly authoritarian Islamic state that has become increasingly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic as well as a sanctuary and supporter for Islamist terrorists. Davutoglu has shown every sign that he share's his mentor's prejudices and intolerance for dissent.

New evidence of that surfaced this week when Saleh Arouri, a senior Hamas military leader based in Turkey, claimed credit for Hamas' military wing in the kidnap-murder of three Israeli teens in June. "It was an operation by your brothers from the al-Qassam Brigades," he told a conference in Turkey on Wednesday.

Arouri commands the groups operations in the West Bank from his headquarters in Turkey, according to the Associated Press.  He was deported from Israel several years ago in a prisoner swap. 

Israel identified him this week as the mastermind of a plot to launch an uprising in the West Bank aimed at toppling Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, AP reported. 

The Erdogan government admitted that ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has been actively recruiting in Turkey, according to the Turkish daily Hurriyet.  There are also reports that Turkish intelligences has been aiding the terror group as well.

Davutoğlu has defended ISIS, which this week beheaded American journalist James Foley, against charges of terrorism.

Erdogan and Davutoglu have brought Islamist rule to Turkey and have made the country the number one supporter for Hamas along with the terror group's major financial backer, Qatar.

In the recent presidential election campaign Erdogan's anti-Israel rhetoric reached alarming levels.  Repeatedly likening Israel to Hitler and the Nazis, he accused the Jewish state of "barbarism even worse than Hitler's and "deliberately killing Palestinian mothers" and said it would "drown in the blood it sheds." 

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.