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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon addresses the Knesset Foreign Relations and Defense Committe.

US Ambassador to Turkey John Bass on Thursday issued a statement to the press saying the US rejects the premise that Turkey permits ISIS “to enjoy using Turkish money for oil,” insisting there is no evidence to support such allegations.

“In fact, ISIS oil smuggling has decreased over time, due to the efforts of Turks and other counter-ISIS coalition members to target oil extraction and transportation infrastructure. Turkey continues to take steps to improve the security of its border with Syria, working with the United States and other international partners,” the Bass statement read.

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The accusation was made earlier this week by Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya’alon.

On Wednesday, following a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Turkey and Israel enjoyed good relations in the past and that Israel does not want to see those relations deteriorate. “If there is a change of policy, we’ll welcome it,” Netanyahu said.

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  1. When the Russians bombed the ISIS oil convoy (something that the Obama administration had refused to do) it was headed to Turkey. That is a fact. That the US was not aware of this is beyond belief. All one has to do is look at a map and see that only route for ISIS to sell its oil is through Turkey and it is the only route for it to receive reinforcements and arms.

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