Turkey’s opposition to Israel “formal support for terror” - Congressman

The chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism said Turkey was supporting terror.

“Turkey’s oppression of its political opposition, its violence against the innocent, jailing of journalists and pastors, funding and support of jihadists, and evasion of sanctions against Iran are truly the actions of a terrorist state,” Representative Robert Pittenger wrote in a sharply-worded op-ed published on Thursday.

“The federal government, including the Departments of Treasury and State, along with Congress, should begin identifying individuals or institutions in Turkey that have ties to terrorism and consider designating them as such to demonstrate our seriousness.”

Pittenger said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent vocal opposition to the United States moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem was “a formal declaration of Turkey’s support for Islamic terrorists”.

This was not all, he said.

“All Americans should be concerned that Turkey, under the leadership of President Erdoğan, has allegedly been directly involved in financing Hamas, which the State Department lists as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. Disturbingly clear is that Turkey has been complicit in supporting ISIS (Islamic State).”