Deadly Marmara takeover. Israeli revenge?
Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit
Turkish authorities are accusing Israel of "ordering" a terror attack carried out by Kurdish rebels on the same day the Israeli Navy raided a Turkish-owned Gaza-bound ship last week in revenge for Ankara's involvement in the incident, Turkish newspaper Zaman reported Sunday.
Seven Turkish soldiers were killed in Monday's attack, which took place at a Turkish navy base in the southern city of Iskenderun. It occurred several hours after the Israel Defense Forces' raid on the Marmara vessel left nine activists killed.
According to the report, published by one of Turkey's most important newspapers, Ankara's intelligence services are looking into the possibility that the Kurdish PKK attack was "ordered by Israel's secret services, which sought to convey a message to the Turkish leadership.
Head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Ankara told the newspaper that several Israeli organizations were suspected of cooperating with the Kurdish rebels' Iranian arm.
He said that "the fear of a connection between the two organization is much deeper than any conspiracy theory," claiming that "a number of former Mossad officials and Israeli army officers trained the Kurdish organization fighters in north Iraq."
The man added that another sign increasing the suspicion of Israeli involvement was that on the day of the deadly Navy raid, the rebels suddenly announced that they were ending the ceasefire with Turkey.
"The same terrorists were trained by Israeli intelligence officers and trained to infiltrate the cities in the best way possible. The Israeli government is trying to present the Turkish leadership as radical and close to Hamas in order to influence the global public opinion. The Kurdish rebels are Israel's sub-contractors."
The newspaper added that Turkish Interior Minister Bashir Atalay said during a press conference after the attack that his people were "working hard to find out what happened at the military base" – a statement which, according to the newspaper, implied that Israel may have been involved.