Israel to NATO: Punish Turkey for Hosting Hamas HQ

Jewish state demands steps against Turkey for allowing genocidal terror group to operate from Istanbul.

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Gil Ronen,

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
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Israel wants NATO to take steps against Turkey for allowing genocidal terror group Hamas to set up its headquarters in Istanbul.

Yisrael Hayom reported Wednesday that Israel sent NATO official messages through several channels, in which it stated that it is unacceptable for a NATO member state to have ties with a terror group.

Senior diplomatic sources in Jerusalem told the newspaper that Hamas set up its main political and military HQ in Istanbul after leaving Damascus. Hamas had been forced out of Damascus in late 2012 because of its support for rebels against Bashar Assad's regime.

The head of the Turkish HQ is reportedly Salah al-Arouri, a terrorist whom Israel accuses of a long list of attacks.

A senior Israeli source said that the operation of the Hamas HQ from Turkey was undoubtedly authorized by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Arouri is believed to have been planning an armed coup against Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah faction, with the aim of taking over the Palestinian Authority, earlier this year. The IDF foiled this plot in August and 93 terrorists were arrested.

The plot was to carry out a series of cruel terror attacks against Israel and create a situation of security instability, then take advantage of that situation to take over the PA.

Israel announced that 93 Hamas terrorists were arrested in the operation. Of these, 46 were taken to interrogation by the ISA. Hamas terror funds amounting to over 600,000 shekels (about $170,000) were confiscated and weapons including 54 guns, 6 handguns and 7 RPGs were seized.

While the network was directed from turkey, it was assisted by an additional array in Jordan and on carriers, who carried funds amounting to over 2 million NIS into Judea and Samaria for the purchase of weapons and hideout apartments.








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