Yaalon: IS ‘Enjoyed Turkish Money for Oil’

ATHENS (Reuters) -
Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe "Boogie" Ya'alon seen during a plenum session in the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament on June 15, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ëðñú îìéàä ùø äáèçåï îùä éòìåï áåâé
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday that Islamic State terrorists had been funded with “Turkish money,” an assertion that could hinder attempts to mend fences between the two countries after years of estrangement.

“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,” Yaalon told reporters in Athens.

“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,” Yaalon told reporters after meeting his Greek counterpart, Panos Kammenos.