Erdogan Warns Israel Over Targeting Hamas Members in Turkey

By Yoni Weiss

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers from his ruling AK Party, at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, Oct. 11. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a stern warning to Israel following comments made by Shin Bet chief Ronen Bar about pursuing Hamas leaders anywhere in the world, including Turkey. Erdogan cautioned that Israel would face severe repercussions if it targeted Palestinian terrorists in Turkey.

Erdogan’s warning came after he returned from Qatar on Tuesday. He stressed Turkey’s established position in intelligence and security, asserting that repercussions would leave a lasting impact.

Earlier this week, Kan News released a recording in which Bar outlined Israel’s determination to pursue Hamas leaders in various locations, including Turkey. This declaration prompted a rare public response from Turkish intelligence sources, who warned on state-run Anadolu Agency that any attempt to carry out an illegal operation on its territory would have “serious consequences.”

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