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Mossad Discusses Iran and Syria with Turkish Intelligence Chief

Common enemies, Iran and Syria, have brought Israel and Turkey together. The Mossad chief reportedly flew to Ankara for a pow-wow Turkish intelligence. Is Assad linked to Turkish protests?

IAF fighter bombers (flying over Massada). A refueling stop in Turkey is crucial in planning an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

IAF fighter bombers (flying over Massada). A refueling stop in Turkey is crucial in planning an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
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Mossad chief Tamir Pardo met with a senior Turkish intelligence officer this week to discuss Syria and Iran, as well as the protest movement in Turkey, according to the country’s independent Hurriyet newspaper.

The meeting was secret, and the newspaper did not provide details except from sources who said Pardo and Turkish intelligence agency undersecretary Hakan Fidan shared information on Iran and Syria as well as the continuing protest movement in Turkey. Some of that information is that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Assad are planting seeds against Turkey.

The Syrian civil war has spilled over into Turkey, where Syria has attacked rebels on the border several times. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled to Turkey, making it a source of worry for Assad who already is paranoid enough.

Iran also may be interested in stirring up unrest in Turkey, partly because of its necessity to keep Assad in power and partly because of the possibility that Israel could use Turkish air space to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who dumped Israel’s friendship four years and raced into the waiting arms of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad, beat a hasty reverse last year.

He totally misjudged his newfound friends and now finds Syria and its ally Iran breathing down its neck. Erdogan’s belligerent attitude has kept him from publicly embracing Israel, and he continues to support Hamas in Gaza.

Hurriyet reported that Pardo wants to meet with Erdogan, who has not yet replied one way or another.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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13 Responses to “Mossad Discusses Iran and Syria with Turkish Intelligence Chief”

  1. Walter Richards says:

    Netanyahu's craven apology has nothing to do with this so called rapprochement.
    Erdogen would have sought Israel's help without that apology as a matter of.
    realpolitik.

  2. Jacqueline Hanna Youssef says:

    Common enemies, Iran and Syria, have brought Israel and Turkey together don't be so naive.The majority citizens of Turkey are muslims & hate Israel & are for Syrians. You cannot ignore that & believe in peaceful relations, & time will tell.

  3. This is a good thing. Turkey used to be our ally. We need her to be our ally again.

  4. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    "common enemies/; he ottomans are no less an enemy of the Jewish State openly pushing for her demise and demonizing Jews globally.

  5. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The Jewish Press has embarked on being the OFFICIAL apologist for the ottoman murderers in the Jewish community. While demonizing Reform and Conservative JEWS, under Yanover the JP has no issue excusing and promoting those jihadists like the ottomans who would exterminate us. JP is now seen as farcical as the gaza based nazi owned haaretz when it comes to their integrity regarding Jews.

  6. If one thinks we can rely on Turkey then we need to wake up to reality!

  7. Tim Upham says:

    A clear indication on why both Turkey and Israel need each other.

  8. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The ottomans have been castigating and demonizing Jews for the past 10 yrs. the ottomans are no less an enemy of the Jewish State openly pushing for her demise and demonizing Jews globally.

  9. Tim Upham says:

    Then why is Israel able to perform U.S. $5 billion dollars worth of exports to Turkey? I am sure Yair Lapid is laughing all the way to bank over it. If the Ottomans have always been such Jew haters, then why did Sultan Beyazid II invite them in, after they were expelled from Spain? He said "Spain's lose, will be my gain." Now the Mossad is providing important information to Jew hating Turkey. The rule of thumb for Jewish extremists is to make the Jews the most hated people in the world. Sorry your help is not needed, and also it is useless.

  10. Yori Yanover says:

    Jacqueline Hanna Youssef · I don't believe the topics discussed between the heads of the secret services of Israel and Turkey had anything to do with peace or love. Turkey is even more frightened than Israel is of an Iranian nuclear bomb — they share a border with Iran. They also border Syria, another scary connection.

    There are concrete ways in which both sides can use each other, as they will, and not once will they pass a joint among them to celebrate peace.

  11. Obama now says the red line has in fact been crossed in Syria and he is going to Europe to discuss what action should be taken. Those actions taken against Syria, if effective in Assad’s eyes, may bring him to the conclusion that a strong strike against Israel is his only option to make Israel the focus of this war and not himself. If this strike by Assad is not successful he may move to the use of missiles armed with BIO/CHEM warheads in order to force Israel to get into the war. If the west moves to take effective military actions against Assad because he is using BIO/CHEM weapons then Assad no longer has any reason not to use them to their fullest extent because he is already paying the price for their use. With that in mind, we will likely see a large increase in Assad’s use of those weapons sooner rather than later. If Assad uses BIO/CHEM missile attacks against Israel, Israel will have little choice but to stop it fast and that cannot be accomplished by air strikes alone. In my opinion Israel would likely be forced to respond with nuclear retaliation. I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 is likely to take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  12. I sincerely hope that Israel is not planning to assist Turkey who has been very obnoxious to Israel since the "flotilla" incident. Let Hamas help them. I thought it was a big mistake on the part of Netanyahu to apologize to Turkey. For what, it should have been Turkey that needed to apologize to Israel. Turkey, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia will be more than happy to let Israel use their air space to go after Iran, Israel would be doing their dirty work. Israel has enough to deal with, let Turkey deal with their own problems.

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