Ya'alon slams Turkey for harboring terrorism

October 22, 2014 02:48

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon met with his US counterpart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the Pentagon, where he highlighted Jerusalem's concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions.

A nuclear Iran "remains the most significant threat," he said, echoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who warned this week about the danger of an agreement that would leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state.

"We are following the negotiations [between the world powers and Iran] closely," Ya'alon said, outlining Iran's actions that worry Israel, from arming Hezbollah to backing Palestinian terror groups in Gaza.

Turning to Hamas next, he said the organization was sponsored by Turkey and Qatar, charging that Hamas now "has two terror headquarters": in Gaza and Istanbul.

Ya'alon said the Gaza-based group has moved its operation from Damascus to Turkey, who he accused of playing a" cynical game."

Turkey is a member of NATO on the one hand, he said, yet it operates terrorism against Israel.

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