Israeli Defense Says Turkey Supports ISIS by Buying Oil

Turkish President Erdogan; Defense Minister Ya'alon (Source: AP, Emil Salman)
Turkish President Erdogan; Defense Minister Ya'alon (Source: AP, Emil Salman)

Turkish President Erdogan; Defense Minister Ya’alon (Source: AP, Emil Salman)

JERUSALEM (YNetNews) — Despite efforts to normalize ties between Jerusalem and Ankara, the Defense Minister of Israel leveled scathing criticism at Turkey.

While Israel and Turkey’s representatives are hard at work on normalizing ties, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Tuesday accused Ankara of encouraging terrorism by buying oil from the Islamic State group.

“As you know, Daesh (Islamic State) enjoyed Turkish money for oil for a very, very long period of time. I hope that it will be ended,” Ya’alon said during a meeting with his Greek counterpart Panos Kammenos in Athens.

The Israeli defense minister further accused Turkey of “permitting jihadists to move from Europe to Syria and Iraq and back, as part of Daesh’s terrorist network, and I hope this will stop too.”

“It’s up to Turkey, the Turkish government, the Turkish leadership, to decide whether they want to be part of any kind of cooperation to fight terrorism. This is not the case so far,” he said.

Turkey has denied permitting oil smuggling by the Islamist militant group, which holds swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. The United States last month rejected Russian allegations that the Turkish government and President Erdogan’s family were in league with Islamic State to smuggle oil.

However, US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said last month that ISIS was selling oil to middlemen who in turn were involved in smuggling the oil across the frontier to Turkey.

Relations between former allies Turkey and Israel broke down in 2010 after an Israeli naval raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla killed ten Turkish citizens. Turkey has become the strongest critic of Israeli actions in Gaza, and reconciliation efforts between the two have repeatedly failed.

Both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish President Erdogan have expressed willingness to mend the strained ties between the two countries.

Last month, Erdogan told journalists that “normalization with Israel” was possible if the sides can reach a compensation deal for the raid’s victims and if Israel lifts a blockade against Palestinians.

“There is so much the region could gain from such a normalization process,” he noted.

Speaking to a Turkish news agency in Davos last week, Netanyahu said he was “hopeful” about normalization of ties between the two nations.

“We are talking to them (Turkish officials), and they are talking to us and if we succeed, that will be good for both countries,” Netanyahu said.

Last month, it was reported that Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen, at the time Israel’s national security advisor, and Joseph Ciechanover, Netanyahu’s envoy to talks with Turkey, met in secret with the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s Director General Feridun Hadi Sinirlioglu in Switzerland. The representatives of the two countries were able to reach a number of understandings towards the normalization of relations.

Despite this, Ankara is still raising obstacles. A senior Turkish official stressed that Turkey demands complete, free access to the Gaza Strip.

The Turkish official, who spoke to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, said Turkey wants access so that it can provide any aid necessary to the Palestinians living there. “Turkey is committed to reject any limitations on Turkish aid to Gaza,” said the source.


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  1. mgl said:

    Shame on Israel for keep trying to do business with Turks and continue do it with Azeries

  2. zarkim said:

    And also:
    Israeli defense minister says ISIS funded with ‘Turkish money’
    Yes True. But Israelites have also contributed to the creation of terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
    At least Israel admits it now.
    Turkish terrorists that attacked Kessab were encouraged by Americans/allies and NATO including ISRAEL. ISIS exists because of Americans and their allies. ISIS’s stronghold/nest is in Turkey.
    Syria has been a SHELTER to millions of ETHNIC minorities for centuries. Why does anyone want to destroy it? Learn from Syria about MULTICULTURALISM. Syria should be congratulated. Even “ISRAELIS” used Syria as a safe-heaven. Look at the way THESE “Wolves in sheepskin” show their appreciation. Look what these “ANIMALS” have done to SYRIA/Aleppo?

  3. Dennis said:

    Since the time Erdogan became Turkey’s leader he declared the creation of Islamist state in Turkey and cooperation with ISIS just a part of his plan so oil business of ISIS and Erdogan’s family is no surprise. Every person today knows about Erdogan’s criminal activities but no one makes anything to stop him from this. I really believe that sanctions may become a solution to stop Erdogan from thoughtless steps and maybe we should stop Turkey’s membership in NATO because Erdogan uses this status to cover his crimes and avoid consequences.

  4. Teddy said:

    It is well known that ‘ISIS terrorists use oil wealth to help finance its terror operations’ and nobody feels bad about such undeniable fact as ‘more than $800,000,000 worth of ISIS oil has been sold in… Turkey’!
    Why aren’t we doing anything about Turkish officials, who have direct dealings with ranking ISIS members, who ‘are funding them, aiding them, and facilitating the sale of their oil?’
    Why are we, NATO members, allowing it to happen? Maybe, we are waiting when our US partners, who proclaimed the war against ISIS, force our pals to do all dirty work on behalf of their ‘brave’ soldiers…
    Wolves, even “in sheep skin” must be punished in time!

  5. Karl Marx said:

    If Turkey is ISIS’ Godfather, Madam Hillary (i.e., Jezebel, absent her redeeming qualities) is ISIS’ Godmother;
    and that doesn’t depend on what the meaning of “is” is.