Why Erdogan does he show two Palestinians of espionage for the United Arab Emirates?
Aureur: Imad HAJJ
The announcement by Ankara of the arrest of two marked Palestinians of espionage on behalf of the United Arab Emirates was described by the experts Turkish like a “operation of diversion” aiming diverting the attention of the difficulties of president Erdogan in her country and at putting pressure on the Plain Emirates Arab which are opposed to the extremism supported by the power Turkish in the region.
The Turkish authorities indicated to have stopped Monday two individuals suspected of espionage on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. Sources in Istanbul identified the two stopped men. Of Palestinian nationality, it is about Samir Samih Shabaan and Zaki Yousef Hassan.
Regional experts wonder about the calendar of this arrest and raise questions about the motivation of the Turkish authorities to make such an announcement now.
“That resembles a classical gesture of diversion of Ankara after so much of month of unfruitful pressures on the American administration and Saudi Arabia and following the electoral reverse undergone by Erdogan recently”, an expert specialist in Turkey based in Beirut comments on. “Erdogan lived the recent defeat at the polls like a major failure. And when it underlines threats and breaches of security main road in its country, it could hope to consolidate the nationalist considerations which it wants to cultivate, and could thus focus on other problems which its defeat”, he added.
The announcement of Ankara intervenes in an economic context of deceleration which contributed to surprising defeats of the candidates of party AKP to the power at the time of the local elections of March 31st. The defeats of the elections, in principal cities like Ankara and Istanbul, were perceived like a personal disavowal of the leadership of president Erdogan, who had personally implied himself in the electoral campaign for the candidates of the AKP.
Persons in charge Turkish announced that they had inquired into the two individuals for approximately six months, without however explaining why they had been stopped this week.
The Turkish authorities indicated that they also inquired into possible links between the two suspects and the murder of the Saoudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the consulate from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul last year. They stressed that one of the two men had arrived at Istanbul little time after the murder and the second a little later.
The president Recep Tayyip Erdo ğan and of high ranking officials Turkish tried without slackening to exploit the murder of Khashoggi by the means of official declarations and systematic escapes in the media, very aiming at pushing the American administration to take measures against Saudi Arabia. Their efforts did not give any tangible result, Washington having insisted to maintain good relationships with Riyadh while supporting the decision of Saudi Arabia to stop and judge the murderers of Khashoggi. Persons in charge Turkish showed the authorities émiriennes to have supported Saudi Arabia against Turkey in the Khashoggi business. Ankara and Abou Dhabi are not at all over the same wavelength on the regional questions, in particular about the groups islamist extremists supported by the mode of Erdogan and fought by the United Arab Emirates.
The Anadolu Agency, managed by the State, indicated that the suspects were likely to be marked “of political espionage, military and international”. The disclosure of as much of information publicly is an unusual gesture of the Turkish authorities in the foreign “cases of espionage”. The files of information are held secret in Turkey as in all countries, except when the government seeks to obtain any forms currency starting from communicated information.