ADL is calling on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "publicly retract" the "demagogic and dangerous" accusations he made on Tuesday that Israel is behind the uprising that ousted former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director wrote “If the reports of your statements are accurate, we respectfully call on you to publicly retract them." His comments were directed at Erdogan who he says "quite vocally" supports the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey “still harbors a heavy bias against Jews and Israel,” ADL stressed, referring to a 2010 Mavi Marmara Gaza-bound flotilla incident which drastically affected relations between the two countries, however they have recently begun to reconcile.
Erdogan had told provincial leaders of his AK Party on Tuesday that his government had evidence Israel had a hand in events that led to the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, from Egypt's presidency.
“Doing so [retracting the statements] would both demonstrate your sincerity regarding the reconciliation process with Israel and reaffirm Turkey’s respect for Jews throughout the world,” the statement concluded.