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Turkey Becoming a Hotbed of Hamas Activity Against Israel

Israel–Turkey relations were formalized in March 1949 with Turkey being the first Muslim majority country to recognize the State of Israel. For many decades, Turkey remained the Jewish state’s closest ally in the Middle East. However, under Islamist–leaning Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reign as that country’s chief politician since 2002, Turkey’s diplomatic relations with Israel have steadily deteriorated. British media sources reported last week that “Turkey is allowing senior Hamas terrorist operatives to plot attacks against Israel from Istanbul.” The UK Telegraph obtained transcripts of Israeli police interrogations, which showed that “senior Hamas operatives are using Turkey’s largest city to direct operations in Jerusalem, Judea & Samaria, including an assassination attempt earlier this year on the mayor of Jerusalem.” Erdogan ignores frequent Israel requests asking him to stop Hamas from using Turkey as a launch path for terrorist attacks against the Jewish state and instead allows the Islamist group to maintain a permanent presence in the country of 80 million people. According to Egyptian and Israeli intelligence last year alone, a dozen high-ranking Hamas officials moved their offices to Turkey. President Erdogan's support for Hamas is itself an act of aggression against Israel. In 2015 Turkey agreed to prevent Hamas planning attacks from its territory but has never done so. (VFI News)