Felicity Party leader Necmettin Erbakan

The soured relationship with Israel and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's tough line with the Jewish state are all part of a facade to deceive the Turkish public, former Turkish prime minister Necmettin Erbakan has claimed In an exclusive interview with the Turkish daily Today's Zaman.

Speaking at his home in Balgat, Ankara, the 84-year-old leader of the Felicity Party (SP) criticized the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), saying it is in the hands of the worldwide Zionist movement. He implied that the rise of the AKP was helped by the international Jewish conspiracy and vowed that he will fight back to stem the Zionist grip on the neck of Turkey.

"Why on earth did the AK Party give a 'go ahead' to the membership of Israel in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD] and not block membership? Why did the government consent to multi-billion dollars worth of defense contracts with Israeli firms? He [Erdogan] says 'one-minute' to [Israeli president Shimon] Peres during Davos but conducts business as usual with the Jewish state. This is hypocrisy," Erbakan said.

As for the recent WikiLeaks releases, Erbakan claimed the leaked information was planned to deceive average Turkish citizens. "But it did not work, and citizens will vote for our party in the upcoming elections," he said.

Source: Today's Zaman, Turkey, December 6, 2010

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