The alliance between Ankara and Hamas is alive and kicking

President Isaac Herzog accepted the credentials of Ankara’s new ambassador to Israel last week. Şakir Özkan Torunlar.

A Turkish diplomat who served as consul general (and “ambassador” to the Palestinian Authority) in Jerusalem between 2010 and 2013, the post comes four years after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan withdrew Turkey’s ambassador from Israel and removed the embattled capital of Jerusalem. IDF and Palestinians along the Gaza border.

On December 27, Erdogan The ambassador received the certificates Irit Lillian Israel at the presidential palace in Ankara.

In the wake of a decade of tension between the two countries, efforts are underway for greater reconciliation. Yet there is a huge elephant in the room: Since January 2013, Hamas terrorists have operated freely in Turkey.

On Monday, journalist Yoni Ben Menachem reported for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs “Hamas is spying on Israel For Iran from Istanbul.

Indeed, 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the official establishment of the Hamas terror organization offices in Istanbul.

In December 2021, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs published a report titled “”Hamas headquarters in Istanbul Directed hundreds of terror attacks against Israelis and laundered millions of dollars. It states:

“Turkey cooperates with terrorist organizations at ideological and operational levels. Terrorists operating on Turkish soil set up infrastructure and plan terrorist attacks against Israel. Senior Hamas officials (many former prisoners of terrorism in Israel released in prisoner exchange) operate against Israel from Turkey….

“Despite official Turkish claims, Hamas is not only involved in political activities. According to the Shabak (Israeli Security Agency) [aka the Shin Bet]Over the years, the Istanbul headquarters, branches and operatives have carried out hundreds of terrorist attacks and attempted attacks, particularly in Israel and the West Bank.

The report also shed light on Hamas companies and money laundering in Turkey.

Hamas Money Laundering

“Shabak’s investigation exposed extensive Hamas money laundering in Turkey overseen by Jaher Jabarin, with authorities turning a blind eye to the source of funds. The investigation found that Hamas operatives owned a company called Imas, which served Hamas by disguising money-laundering operations involving millions of dollars transferred to Gaza and various countries.

According to the report, some of the Hamas terrorists who worked in Turkey and even killed Israelis:

“Mohammed Atwan, originally from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher, freed in the Shalit deal, was a member of the cell that kidnapped and murdered Border Police officer Nissim Toledano in 1992; Majid Abu Katish, originally from Anata, was also a member of that cell; Tizer Suleiman, exiled in the Shalit Agreement, murdered an Israeli soldier; Fahad Sabri Burhan Al-Shaludi, who appears regularly on Turkish television; Walid Zakaria Akel, founder of the Hamas Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades, was sentenced to 21 life sentences; Haron Mansour Yaqub Nasser al-Din has previously boasted that Turkey grants former Hamas prisoners full freedom to come and go as they please; Aiman ​​Mohammad Abu Khalil; Bakri Hanifa, a senior financial figure in Hamas, claimed to have transferred millions of dollars from Qatar to Hamas through Turkey; And Maher Abid, a member of the Hamas political bureau and a senior financial operative, was reportedly responsible for Hamas international relations until 2016.

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A role in the field of Palestine

Khaled Abu Tomeh, a prominent journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades, told JNS:

“Despite talk of Turkey imposing sanctions on Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group and some of its leaders appear to be continuing to operate in Turkey. Turkey has not officially and publicly distanced itself from Hamas. On the other hand, Hamas says its ties with Turkey remain strong despite the alliance between Ankara and Jerusalem. Apparently, Erdogan He is not keen to completely sever his ties with Hamas, as he sees the group as a tool for Turkey’s political role in the Palestinian arena.

During his visit to Ankara in 2022, the then Israeli Defense Minister, Benny Gantzasked his Turkish counterpart to expel Hamas from the country—a request Turkey rejected.

“We have not met the demand of Hamas. “We do not see Hamas as a terrorist organization,” said the Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu In November 2022, according to Sözcü Newspaper.

In fact, some Hamas terrorists can travel freely around the world with their Turkish passports. Ankara granted citizenship It plans to grant at least 12 high-ranking Hamas members and other members telegraph reported. This is confirmed Roy GiladCharge d’Affaires at the Israeli Embassy in Turkey.

In 2020, a Czech member of the European Parliament, Tomas Zdechovski, Submitted a question Told the Legislature about granting Turkish citizenship to Hamas operatives:

“This information raises concerns that the Palestinian group will have more freedom to plan attacks against Israeli citizens around the world. Turkish citizenship allows Hamas members to use Turkey as a base for their operations. At the same time, the USA and the European Union consider Hamas a terrorist organization, so the security of the entire EU is at risk.

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“1. In view of the above, it [European] Does the Commission know that the security of the European Union is at risk?

“2. Is the EU negotiating with Turkey on this issue? asked Zdechovsky.

The US government has confirmed the presence of Hamas companies in Turkey. On May 24, 2022, United States Sanctions were imposed A Hamas finance officer as well as financial facilitators and a network of companies that provided income to the terror group.

The sanctions target Hamas’ investment office, which has assets worth more than $500 million. This includes companies operating in Turkey, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates.

“Today’s action targets individuals and companies that Hamas uses to hide and launder funds,” Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes Elizabeth Rosenberg said to discuss combating terror financing in Israel.

Obtaining Turkish citizenship

Since the exit of the European Parliament Zdechovský question No answerMore news about Hamas operatives obtain Turkish citizenship and assume Turkish names to avoid global scrutiny.

News site Nordic Monitor Reported on June 6, 2022, a A Jordanian Hamas financierHisham Yunis Yahia Kafisheh, co-owner of a Turkish real estate company sanctioned by the US Treasury, acquired Turkish nationality and changed his name to Turkish:

“Hisham Yunis Kafisheh, who played an important role in the transfer of Hamas funds and managed several companies on behalf of the terrorist organization, is listed as one of the board members of the Turkish real estate investment firm Trend Gyrimenkul Yatirim Ortaklak A.Ş.

“In 2021, he “assumed a distinctly Turkish name, Hasmet Aslan, and obtained a Turkish national identification number, meaning he became a citizen of Turkey.”

There will also be economic and military cooperation between Turkey and Hamas Iranian regime and Hezbollah. According to the Nordic Monitor 2021 report:

“A Turkish company set up by Hamas operatives to fund the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) and the Qassam Brigades from Hezbollah has dissolved itself after being identified as a sponsor of terrorism by the US Treasury.”

judgment day

Turkey seems to be the main lifeline for Hamas terrorists. The alliance emerged from an ideological alliance between the Turkish government and Hamas. Erdogan He publicly announced in 2017 Jewish people were targeted by suggesting a Hadith About Judgment Day (Traditional account of the deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad of Islam).

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Erdogan At the “Human Rights Day” event in Ankara on December 10, 2017: “Those who think they own Jerusalem today will not find trees to hide in tomorrow.”

ErdoganThe comment came in response to the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. According to HadithFor the “coming of the hour,” “the Jews must suffer a violent death to the end.”

The Hamas Charter It means the same Hadith:

“The Day of Judgment will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews (kill the Jews) and the Jews hide behind rocks and trees. Rocks, trees O Muslim, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree does not do that because it is one of the Jewish trees.

In line with their genocidal doctrine, Hamas terrorists have carried out attacks involving shootings, suicide bombings, and standoff mortar and rocket attacks on civilian and military targets.

But Hamas is not a terrorist organization with the blood of hundreds of innocent people on its hands. ErdoganWHO Posted on Twitter In 2018:

“Reminder to Netanyahu: Hamas is not a terrorist organization and Palestinians are not terrorists. It is a resistance movement to defend the Palestinian homeland against the occupying power.”

Turkey, whose president also publicly issues threats against Jews Rewards antisemitic officials With promotion. For example, Kenan Yasser, a judge elected by the Turkish Parliament to the Constitutional Court, posted an anti-Semitic statement on Twitter. In 2012, Yasser tweeted that Jews “are people who can burn.” [whole] The world should cook two eggs.

The Turkish government proudly enables Hamas in its military and economic endeavors. Its terrorists plot attacks and kill Israelis in an attempt to destroy the Jewish state. Those terrorists enjoy Turkish citizenship, adopt Turkish names, travel internationally with their Turkish passports, open Turkish bank accounts, work under the guise of Turkish companies or offices, and launder millions of dollars. Hamas leaders Received by the President of Turkey He speaks at official meetings and congresses in front of the whole world Turkey’s ruling party.

Uzay Bulut is a Turkish journalist formerly based in Ankara. She is also a research fellow for the Philos Project.


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