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Can NATO Member Turkey Ever Be Trusted Again?

In April, 2012, the Tehran Times announced: "Iran has foiled Israeli terrorist plots." That one had Turkish fingerprints all over it.

Turkey's chief intelligence officer Hakan Fidan betrayal of Israel and the West may mean a severe shift in Turkey's political direction, which makes its Western allies anxious.

Turkey's chief intelligence officer Hakan Fidan betrayal of Israel and the West may mean a severe shift in Turkey's political direction, which makes its Western allies anxious.

The Jewish Press has had the dubious honor of pointing the finger at Turkey’s chief intelligence officer Hakan Fidan and state flatly that his betrayal of 10 Mossad agents was the stuff that should get him something nice in his car in the morning. Yes, we don’t go for nice over here, but, as you’ll see, the rest of the world is coming around rather quickly to our position, and so, if I’m Hakan Fidan, I’d get me a bus pass.

An Eli Lake article in the Daily Beast has confirmations from U.S. officials of the David Ignatius initial Washington Post report. A CIA officer compared the loss to the betrayal of the Cambridge Five the network of Soviet moles (including the notorious Kim Philby), who provided invaluable intelligence to Moscow during the Cold War.

Danny Yatom, a former chief of Israel’s Mossad, told the Beast: “The fact those ten spies were burned by the Turks by purposely informing the Iranians is not only a despicable act, it is an act that brings the Turkish intelligence organization to a position where I assume no one will ever trust it again.”

Yatom said the Mossad has traditionally informed its Turkish counterparts about meetings with its spies on Turkish soil. He said if Turkey gave Iran any details about these meetings, it would compromise Israel’s intelligence operations against Iran.

Indeed, in April, 2012, the Tehran Times announced: “Iran has foiled Israeli terrorist plots.”

The Iranian Intelligence Ministry issued a statement on Tuesday announcing that it recently foiled several Israeli terrorist plots.

The statement was issued to provide more details about recent operations by Iranian intelligence forces that led to the arrest of 15 Mossad-linked spies and terrorists.

On April 10 [2012], the Intelligence Ministry announced that key members of an Israeli terrorist network had been identified and arrested in Iran.

Presumably, the blood of those 15 agents is on Hakan Fidan’s hands.

Omri Ceren, of The Israel Project, wrote today: “Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that if the story is true, then Turkey’s intel chief Hakan Fidan was just ‘doing his job’ by ‘not letting other intelligence agencies operate in Turkey.’ That might be surprising to Turkey’s NATO allies, not to mention any country that does counterterror work with Ankara.”

And that is a problem well beyond the anger and betrayal anyone in the Mossad might be feeling today. Turkey has the largest army of all the European NATO members and it plays a central role in the alliance. Which means that if you’re a senior security official in any of NATO’s member countries, you’ll start reviewing your exchanges with the Turks. Remember, Turkey serves as a passageway not only for spies going into Iran, but also for terrorists coming out of Iran. If you can’t now trust the Turks to monitor that traffic reliably; if, in fact, you have to worry about them actually aiding and abetting those terrorists – what do you do?

This is far from being an Israel-only problem. I mentioned in an earlier article the similarity between Hakan Fidan’s despicable act and those Afghan soldiers who shoot their American fellows on patrol. If Turkey does not find a meaningful way of convincing its NATO allies that it is trustworthy—it could bring on a sea change in Turkey’s already eroding relationship with the West.

Is Erdoğan’s Turkey turning its back on its European aspirations, in search of a safe and familiar role as the Muslim world’s eternal second fiddle?

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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17 Responses to “Can NATO Member Turkey Ever Be Trusted Again?”

  1. shame on you yori, you act like terorist, not like outher

  2. Devrim Sendag says:

    I hear your tune, I see you dance to it, but I also see you you are alone on the dance floor. You think Israel alone represents the west this alone shows how delusional you are. Both US and EU came out and said so, their policy have not change towards Turkey. These people warned you and your not so intelligence mosad, they came out and openly said they were removing Iran from threat list and adding Israel to it. Then again **** hit the fan, all the media spinning and so on how fast do you people forget. It was you that did not get the message, I am not in intelligence community even I got the message. Spin the stories however you like but again remember you are the only one dancing, love from Turkey…

  3. Ayhan Hakan says:

    Ülkem Vatanım Türkiye hakkında ki yalan uydurma ve de densizce tehdit eden usul ve yaklaşımlarınız yaşatmaya çalıştığınız İsrail Devletini dünya ekonomik siyasi rekabette gelecek yüzyıllarda bitmiş tükenmiş sürece götüren bu yalan yanlış aptalca davranışlarınız olduğunun tespitinin aktarımında bulunarak bölgesinde ve dünyada güçlü TÜRKİYENİN sizlerin ve Dünyanın sigortası olduğu bu kadar açık olduğunu geçmiş tarih Kainata söylerken,
    Sizlerin yanlış cahil politik yansımalarınızla ülkemi tehdit eden davranışsal düşünsel eylemlerinizi kınıyorum.
    Bilgilerinize…..

  4. I LOVE YOU HAKAN FİDAN THE PATRİOT MAN HAKAN FİDAN ALLAHUEKBER!!!!!!!!

  5. we are so glad that israeli dont like our policy.that means turkey ruling everything very well.

  6. Atanur Topuzo says:

    they have longitudinally fon turkey and Hakan fidan, I like that :)

  7. all turks are proud of hakan fidan and mit.

  8. hakan fidan :ottomon grand san you know ısrael

  9. Metin Sevinc says:

    Hakan Fidanin size daha cok süprizi olacak.. :) ARKANDAYIZ REIS

  10. Does not belong in NATO.

  11. Cem Gorgulu says:

    i do not think fidan or the turkish government could give a flying fxxk whether israil or west trust them or not.. in last ten years they brought all your moles to the suface,got rid of all your extensions from turkish secret services, politically and financially,they bent you over backwards from every angle,and so obviously you re not happy about it… guess what? anything makes you unhappy makes us(any human being with working brain cells and a heart) very very happy!!!

  12. You disgusting piece of s***

  13. Turkey will go up against Israel in the last days so Gods word tells us.On the mountains of Israel God slaughters Israels enemies.If I was Turkey id ask God to forgive me then ask Israel what they can do to help them.Maybe just maybe God will spare them from destruction and remove their blindness toward his son Jesus Christ who died for all men so that if you believe in him you will be saved.Saved from what? the wrath of God to come.

  14. Jim Long says:

    WELL SAID,BRIAN. WHO SAID "AGAIN"?? THE IDIOTS WHO TRUSTED TURKEY EVER,ONCE BEFORE, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND THAT THE SANE AMONG US MAY KNOW YOU FOR FUTURE (I.D.) SHUNNING

  15. It's obvious now that Mr. Erdogan is set for the new Ottoman Caliphate by selling out Israel and the rest of the Non-Muslim World—Turkey can no longer be trusted– Thank You.

  16. Anonymous says:

    thats what your religioun sas. Thats you problem, you are fundamental terrorist. You are stealing, murdering in name of Torah, you are believing in a God who sas that is ok to kill baby's, women, occupy other country's. Why ? because its promised by God, you say, thats your problem dude, i dont believe that, so give back everything you have stolen, including the dreams of the Palestian childeren. Dont come with antisemitic **** (standard reaction of israel, Hitler was one of the most evil thing in history. Your type of people use those incident humans murderd by this monster. You justify everything what you do by using them, what is very low) every critism on isael is , I have respect for every human, Jood, Christian or Buddhist.

  17. Anonymous says:

    The answer is, Yes if they can get rid of the Islamic extremists that have taken over the government.

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