Jew-hunting Turkish style - "the rabbi" against Turkey
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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Apr 14, 2009 at 07:22
An interesting case shows how Turkey, allegedly Israel's second-best ally - can unleash and profit with impunity from its anti-semitism. I mean the recent case of Daniel Levi alias Daniel Guney alias Tuncay Guney alias the "rabbi" as popularly known in Turkey.
The Turks accuse the Jews of having introduced a dangerous mole into the Turkish intelligence structures. The discovery and prosecution of him has been used both to unleash a rabid anti-Jewish psychosis and to advance the notorious Ergenekon tragicomic political farce where the "rabbi" is apparently going to play a prominent part. The Ergenekon is represented as a huge conspiracy organization. So implicitly "the rabbi" pops up as having had ample opportunities to simply buy with Jewish money or at least influence , bias and exploit hundreds and hundreds of high-ranking active and retired army officers, journalists, writers, government officials and members of the Turkish business circles ! In other words according to this Turkish logic, unless thwarted by the good patriotic and vigilant Erdogan team the whole Ergenekon might have been turned into a future puppet government controlled by the Mossad and the Jewish lobby.
Before it was the janissaries of Kemalism that used to uncover anti-constitutional plots and conspiracies among their opponents. Erdogan has learnt his political survival lesson well and now he is beating the jansissaries with their own scimitar. But what is more sinister for them he links them to the hated Jewish/American secret lobby that is doing - as all Turks agree- so much harm to Turkey's interests and sovereignty.
We learn from the Haaretz article that "the rabbi" was an important agent of the Turkish intelligence service. He managed to penetrate both the ranks of the Turkish police's intelligence service and Turkey's counterterrorism unit rumoured for its various criminal activities, including the assassination of political opponents. "The rabbi" is said to have disclosed the identity of its members to the Mossad. But the reader may suspect that the "rabbi" directly or indirectly participated in eliminating Turkish patriots himself. He was there after all, wasn't he ? It's easy to guess what sort of feelings a credulous Turk can cherish on learning these things.
What is worse, in 2004 when it became too hot for him "the rabbi" was smuggled out of Turkey and clandestinely brought to the United States. Then he moved to Canada, where his name appears in the members' list of Congregation Beit Yaakov as Daniel T. So now the Turk must conclude there was a broad Jewish-American secret operation to save "the rabbi" who had worked against Turkey. Have its authors been uncovered and brought to justice? No! Therefore, they are still free working hard to destroy great Turkey!
The case - independently of its real nature - seems to have sad implications for Turkish-Israeli relations. How long can the illusion of mutual understanding and friendly relations be maintained if one of the parties is increasingly hostile to the other, supports openly its enemies and uses the other party as a convenient scapegoat to deflect attention from its own failures and as an instrument to discredit the opposition and consolidate its own power.
A Turkish reader has summed it up correctly :
> this guy was jewish, was in touch with mossad and was trying to topple the government because it was to 'islamic'
once again we see zionist interference in other people governments
i am surprised that it has not led to a break in relations yet<
I am also surprised. But contrary to this reader it's not Turkey that surprises me. I am surprised that Israel prefers keeping up harmful appearances instead of facing the hard but sobering reality.
A comment by Dr. Pipes on the implications of Turkey's volte-face on the Turkish-Israeli relations would be very welcome.
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