White House condemns Prime Minister Erdogan’s comments on Israel, Egypt

The United States condemned comments by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accusing Israel of playing a role in the Egyptian military’s overthrow of president Mohamed Mursi, a White House spokesman said on Tuesday.

“What is said about Egypt? That democracy is not the ballot box. Who is behind this? Israel is. We have the evidence in our hands,” Prime Minister Erdogan said in a nationally televised address. The evidence turned out to be a Youtube video of a statement made by French philosopher  Bernard-Henri Levy to Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni during a press conference in 2011.

The White House called the Prime Minister’s accusation offensive, unsubstantiated and wrong.

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