A senior Turkish minister said on Thursday Israel seemed
to be “benefitting” from the impact of US cables disclosed so far by
the WikiLeaks website as he questioned whose interests the leaks served.
“One should analyse why this happened, who did it and why, who is
benefitting and who is being
harmed,” Interior Minister Besir Atalay said in televised comments on the mass leak.
“It seems to us that the country which…is not mentioned much,
especially in the Middle East, or which this development seems to favour
is Israel… This is how we see it in a way when we look in the context
of who is benefitting and who is being harmed,” he said.
The foreign ministry has set up a team to analyse the scandal, he added.
A senior member of the ruling Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) also pointed at Israel on Wednesday.
“One should look at which country is content (with the leaks). Israel
is extremely content,” AKP deputy chairman Huseyin Celik said,
according to Anatolia news agency.
Turkey’s ties with Israel, once its closest regional ally, plunged
into a deep crisis on May 31 when Israeli forces killed nine Turks on a
Gaza-bound aid ship.
Relations had been already strained over Israel’s devastating war on
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