Odd as it may be to hear, I was actually modestly hopeful that we might get a pass on this one. Certainly, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has not always had the friendliest relationship with Israel. But we're only a few weeks removed from a historic deal to restore ties between the two nations. Israel has never had more reason to like President Erdoğan than they do at this moment. Of all the times it might make sense for them to support a coup (not that I think they would), now is the least sensible.
Alas, sensibility is not the theme of this series:
Re turkey there was some kind of israeli connection as well as the apparent Egyptian connection judging by headlines https://t.co/4mhNNtqA4h— Daoud Kuttab (@daoudkuttab) July 16, 2016
Interesting. https://t.co/Q4Ic6RNdff— Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) July 16, 2016
The link chain ends up taking us to this article in Ha'aretz, which informs us that one of the six senior officers arrested in the aftermath of the coup attempt had served as Turkey's military attache to Israel .... almost 20 years ago.
Now sure, that may seem like a tenuous connection. But you don't control the world for thousands and thousands of years without knowing how to play the long game. Good sleuthing, everyone -- you've solved the puzzle (except, you know, for the "why would Israel back a coup attempt against a leader with whom they just signed a major deal" bit).