Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Israel involved in internal Turkish politics

-- Israel meddling in internal Turkish politics...

June , 2010

A top-level Turkish source told us in Ankara that the Israeli government, particularly Israeli Consul General in Istanbul Moshe Kamhi, has been working closely with the pro-Israel opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), to denigrate the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Turkish source personally witnessed Kamhi discussing how the CHP could oust the ruling AKP in the next election.

The interference of Israel in Turkish domestic politics comes at a time when Turkish intelligence discovered that among the interrogators of the passengers of the hijacked Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara who were held at the Israeli naval base at Ashdod was a Turkish Jew from Istanbul who spoke fluent Turkish but whose Hebrew language skills were lacking.

The new head of the CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, an Alawite Kurd, is seen as in Israel's camp. Israel could expect to see its relations with Turkey's military and intelligence services restored, in addition to seeing the end of the exposure of the Mossad-linked Ergenekon "deep state" network, if the CHP regains power. Kilizdaroglu became the head of the CHP party after its former chief, Deniz Baykal, fell victim to a secret video sex scandal involving his former private secretary and current member of parliament, Nesrin Baytok.

Turkish intelligence has also gathered intelligence that shows a link between an upsurge in Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) terrorist activities in Turkey and Mossad. Israel hopes that renewed PKK violence will hurt the AKP at the polls and result in the collapse of the Erdogan government's unprecedented outreach to Turkey's Kurdish population.