While Beirut is still counting the victims, Turkey attacks Israel trying to hide its responsibilities
After a few hours of the huge explosion that devastated the heart of Beirut, Lebanon, the world expressed condolence and solidarity with the Lebanese people, offering aid to the authorities to manage the emergency.While the count of victims and missing people is still ongoing, Turkish media reported a statement of the Ankara Ministry of Defense, reportedly demanding Israel not to interfere in Lebanon’s internal affairs. The Turkish comment follows the Israel Foreign and Defense Ministers offering support and help in a joint declaration on Tuesday.
The Lebanese Prime Minister warned yesterday that those responsible for the accident will be prosecuted. It is incomprehensible how certain comments come from a Ministry of Defense of a country that is among the main perpetrators of the situation in Lebanon, through funding for terrorist groups that destabilize the country. Turkey and Qatar among with Iran, in fact, are the main financial sponsors of groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.These groups are the authors of a series of suicide attacks and bombings since 2004 that have bloodied Lebanon and, in particular, the capital Beirut.
Furthermore, relations between Turkey and Iran are increasingly close, and after Iraq and Libya, the next target seems to be Lebanon and Yemen. The two countries, in fact, after having reached an agreement on peaceful coexistence in Syria, which took place on Russian coordination and intermediation in the framework of the Astana agreements, seem to have set aside the rivalries also in other geopolitical theatres.June 15 was a very important date for the Turkish-Iranian relations.
Tehran’s head of diplomacy, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, met in Istanbul to discuss cooperation in regional affairs and security. The summit, which was defined by the two as very productive, ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding focused on greater collaboration in the diplomatic field.
Iran has been seeking an instrumental understanding with Turkey for at least six years. In 2014, a secret meeting would be held in a Turkish location between representatives of the Revolutionary Guards and the Muslim Brotherhood to develop a joint action plan. Ankara, Doha, and Tehran is exerting considerable pressure on Lebanon and other Arab countries through their means, that is, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, and other terrorist entities active in the region.
The statement reported by the Turkish media turns out to be an insult to the families of the victims, and once again, demonstrates the inability of the Recep Tayyip Erdogan regime to manage bilateral relations with other countries.