Ya'alon: Hamas's Foreign HQ is in Turkey

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calls on the international community to speak up over certain countries' support for terrorism.

Yedidya Ben Or ,

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon
Ariel Hermoni

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warned on Monday that Iran is trying to renew its aid to Hamas.

Speaking at the 14th International Conference of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Ya’alon also pointed out that Turkey and Qatar are supporters of Hamas, and called on the international community to speak up over this.

"The Iranians are trying to renew aid to Hamas because it has proven itself in front of the ‘Zionist enemy,’” Ya’alon said, adding, “Qatar and Turkey support Hamas and are members of the UN. Turkey is also a member of NATO.”

“The foreign terrorist headquarters of Hamas sits in Istanbul. Salah Aruri is the man sitting there. Where is the world? When we talk about the war on terror, it starts with whether we’re choosing to ignore this kind of phenomenon, countries which sponsor terrorism and terrorist activity without hiding it,” he continued.

Ya’alon also had criticism for the United Nations and the international community over the decision to appoint a commission that will investigate the IDF's operations in Gaza.

"In the wake of Operation Protective Edge they set up commissions of inquiry against us? They are going to check our moral standards, when we are dealing with an enemy that uses its citizens as human shields, while we are acting in accordance with the principles of international law," he said.

"Instead of an international campaign against terrorism, we are attacked so that Hamas uses an international campaign against us. Is this the way to conduct a campaign against terrorism? Is this how the free world joins the campaign against terrorism? The international community should instead rally to condemn Hamas and those who help it,” said Ya’alon.

"The international community must have a critical role in clarifying these things. The lack of clarity does not serve the war on terror, but rather severs the terror groups,” he added.