Israel, Egypt warn Turkey of military intervention

Israel and Egyptian-ambassadors have issued threats to Turkey that they would use military force

The Homer Ferrington gas drilling rig, operated by Noble Energy and drilling in an offshore block on concession from the Cypriot government, is seen during President Demetris Christofias’ visit in the east Mediterranean, Nicosia November 21, 2011. REUTERS

Israel, Egypt warn Turkey of military intervention’ in Mediterranean

July 30, 2018 – The Israeli and Egyptian envoys to Greek Cyprus have reportedly warned Turkey of a “military intervention” amid tensions over drilling activities in the Mediterranean.

The envoys met at the Overseas Cypriots’ conference in Nicosia on 27 July, according to media reports.

“I hope that Israel will not be obliged to stage a military intervention due to Turkish threats,” pro-government Aksam newspaper quoted Israeli Ambassador Sammy Ravel as saying in the meeting.

The Egyptian Ambassador Mai Taha Mohamed said “We hope that we will not reach a point to use military force in the region. In such a case, we will provide any kind of help to Greek Cyprus,” the paper reported.

She added that an international cooperation agreement to pave the way for transferring gas from Greek Cyprus to Egypt was near.

The US envoy Kathleen Doherty, meanwhile, said that Exxon Mobil would start drilling in the Mediterranean by the end of the year and called Turkey’s attitude on the issue “unacceptable”, Aksam reported.

The conference session in which they spoke were not clear and other remarks from the envoys have not been reported. Tensions over drilling

The extensive gas reserves found in the Eastern Mediterranean and drilling rights in the area have been a major cause of tension among the neighbouring countries.

The Greek Cyprus had licenced the Eastern Mediterranean into 13 different blocks for natural gas drilling, despite protests from Turkey and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Ankara says the Greek Cypriot administration does not have the right to explore natural gas in all territorial waters of the divided island.

Turkey had obstructed an Italian vessel from drilling in the region in February.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was the latest Turkish official to address the issue. He said that Turkey will begin drilling off the coast of Cyprus if the Greeks move unilaterally, pro-government Sabah newspaper reported on 24 July . ‘Insolent pirates’

The reported remarks by the envoys were widely covered in the Turkish media starting from 28 July.

It was the main story on the front page of pro-government liberal Karar newspaper on 30 July. “Envoy pump up for the Greek side,” the paper said in its main headline.

Nationalist Yenicag newspaper also featured the story saying that “envoys poured threats” over Turkey’s reaction.

Leftist opposition Birgun newspaper said that the tension in the Mediterranean was “reaching peak” and added: “Harsh message from envoys”.

Pro-government Star newspaper said “Trilateral threat from Greeks, Egypt and Israel to Turkey”.

“Insolent threat from pirates!” was Aksam’s headline to the story. The paper wrongly used the picture of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni instead of Egyptian envoy Mohamed in its coverage. The picture was also wrongly used in its online story.

The report was also shared by the news websites of major media outlets in the country, with most of them calling the remarks “insolent threat”. Social media

Turkish social media users have discussed the report adopting a highly militaristic tune.

“Israel and Egyptian ambassadors have issued threats to Turkey that they would use military force. Threatening Turks with war should be the joke of the century,” one user said on Twitter.

“Coward threat from Israel and Egypt envoys to Turkey! … We will teach you that a Turk can never be threatened. Try it if you dare,” another said.

“Muslim Brotherhood organisation in Egypt will stir up the country in two days with a word from [President Recep] Tayyip Erdogan,” one user commented on popular website Eksi Sozluk.

Another user on the website created a thread calling for a campaign for Turkish army to strike Egypt. Websites hacked

Separately, nationalist Ay Yildiz cyber team said it hacked some Egyptian websites in response to the reports.

Egyptian Center For Global Governance and Development, Media News website and the Ain Shams University’s Extended Modular Program website were among the hacked websites, the group announced.

“Our target is Egypt who had the audacity to threaten us with insolence. For your information,” the group had said in a post on 29 July.

Ay Yildiz (Moon and crescent) is a nationalist activist group which calls themselves “Turks’ Cyber Army”.

Source: BBC Monitoring in Turkish 30 Jul 18
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