Report: Hamas plots terror attacks on Israel from Turkey as Erdogan turns blind eye
Turkey is allowing senior Hamas terrorists to plot attacks against Israel from Istanbul, as Erdogan plays host to the terrorist group’s leaders, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, transcripts of Israeli police interrogations show that senior Hamas terrorists are using Istanbul to direct terror attacks in Israel, including a plot to murder PM Netanyahu and former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat thwarted earlier this year.
Israel has repeatedly told Turkey that Hamas is using its territory to plan terror attacks. Last weekend Erdogan met Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas, and Turkish intelligence agents maintain close contact with the group’s operatives in Istanbul.
“We will keep on supporting our brothers in Palestine,” Erdogan said.
The Turkish government has offered Hamas terror group safe harbor in Istanbul.
Turkey has proved such a welcoming environment for Hamas that the group’s deputy leader, who has a $5 million US government bounty on his head, travels freely to the country without fear of arrest.
A dozen Hamas terrorists have moved to Istanbul from Gaza in the past year, according to Israeli and Egyptian intelligence records. Among them Abdel Rahman Ghanimat, the leader of an al-Qassam terror cell responsible of the bloodiest attacks in Israel in the 90’s, including a 1997 suicide bombing on Cafe Apropo in Tel Aviv.
Kamal Awad, a Hamas financier recently sanctioned by the US Treasury also recently moved to Istanbul.