Turkish Intel Chief Seeks Mossad Ban

YERUSHALAYIM -

Turkey’s controversial intelligence chief Hakan Fidan plans to recommend to his government that it cancel secret arrangements with Israel that allow Mossad agents to operate on Turkish soil, The Times of Israel quoted a Turkish columnist as saying on Wednesday.

Abdulkadir Selvi, a senior commentator for the Yeni Safak newspaper, suggested that Fidan’s purported recommendation was what prompted negative publicity about him in the international media in recent days. Chief among them was a Washington Post article charging him with disclosing the identities of 10 Iranian Mossad assets to Iran.

Turkey made the clandestine arrangement with the Mossad during a time when the Turkish elected government did not have full control over its territory, Selvi wrote, in an apparent reference to certain years when the Turkish army played a more dominant role than it does today.