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Blame Israel: Erdogan Charges ‘Israeli-Backed’ Media Against Him

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan condemns an “anti-democratic, pro-Israeli conspiracy” for backing an opposition party in Sunday’s election.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/12/2011, 11:35 AM / Last Update: 6/12/2011, 11:44 AM

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemns an “anti-democratic, pro-Israeli conspiracy” as backers of an opposition party in Sunday’s election in Turkey.

“The international media, because they are backed by Israel, wouldn't be happy with the continuation of the AK Party government," he said, according to the state-run Anatolian news agency. "The international media, because they are backed by Israel, wouldn't be happy with the continuation of the AK Party government.”

Turkey’s European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis alleged that the foreign media are part of “mafia-like organizations” run by “international dark elites.”

Erdogan and his supporters railed against Israel because of an editorial in the British Economist, considered far from being pro-Israel, that encouraged Turkish voter to cast ballots for the opposition Republican People’s Party. Voting against Erdogan’s party would be the “best way for Turks to promote democracy,” the editorial stated.

Erdogan has changed the laws to give him more power over the judiciary and military, moves which represent his “autocratic instincts,” according to the Economist.

His AK party, which has been linked with the IHH terrorist organization, is expected to score a comfortable victory, largely because of Turkey’s solid economy. Erdogan is predicted to win more than 50 percent of the votes, but it is not certain he will win the needed two-thirds majority to pass amendments to the constitution without a referendum.