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Egypt: We're Losing Patience with Turkey

Egypt warns it is losing patience with Turkey, after Erdogan accuses Israel of being behind the removal of Morsi.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 8/21/2013, 3:45 AM

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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Egypt warned Turkey on Tuesday that it was losing its patience, after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of being behind the removal of former President Mohammed Morsi by the Egyptian military.

The state news agency MENA quoted Egyptian ministers as having said that Erdogan's comments aimed to divide Egyptians.

"The cabinet stresses that Egypt's patience is wearing thin," the ministers were quoted as having said.

"Egypt does not share others' enmities, and is not about to go in search of a new identity. Its Arab and Islamic nature is obvious," they added.

In Israel, an official in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's office told AFP, "These comments by the Turkish prime minister are nonsense."

Erdogan told members of his AKP party that “Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence.”

He reportedly cited an unnamed French intellectual who he claims said in 2011 that the Muslim Brotherhood won’t be in power even if they are elected because “democracy is not the ballot box.”

Erdogan stressed that the intellectual was Jewish, the implications of which are consistent with a long string of anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories issued by the Islamist Prime Minister, whose party is sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood.

The White House also condemned Erdogan's claim. Spokesman Josh Earnest said his comments were "offensive and unsubstantiated and wrong."

Last month, Erdogan condemned the military intervention that toppled Morsi as an enemy of democracy.

He chastised the West for failing to brand the ouster a coup.