Erdogan blocks YouTube after recent Twitter ban

Erdogan blocks YouTube after recent Twitter ban

 

By Manolis Kostidis – Ankara

The situation in Turkey takes a worrying turn after Erdogan blocked YouTube, following the ban on Twitter. There was no court order for the latest ban, but it was an administrative order for reasons of national security.

Initially, there will be a restriction to the access from mobile phone networks and a few hours later fixed networks will follow. Now everyone is wondering when the Turkish government will block access to Facebook.

Recording leak from meeting in the Presidential Palace

The conversation between the Head of MIT and Gul on YouTube

The cause of the blocking of Youtube was a sound document that concerned Turkey’s foreign policy with Syria, which shows that Ankara is thinking of instigating a war with Syria.

According to the newspaper Sözcü, the document is the recording of the meeting of the Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Head of MIT Hakan Fidam and the Second in Command of the Turkish Armed Forces, Yaşar Güler.

According to the Turkish press, Gul called to the presidential palace the general secretary of the Foreign Ministry, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, to learn details about what has happened. The talks that have been recorded, are authentic, as the Defense minister, Ismet Yilmaz, said that “the publication is an attack on Turkey’s national security and that this recording is proof of espionage and this constitutes a major offense”.

Erdogan had spoken of the possibility of the publication of a recording with Gul

A few days ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,  in response to Gul’s refusal to ban Twitter, which came into force last week, stressed that “someday, they (Gulen’s order) might post your own conversations”. The Turkish President had stressed that he has nothing to hide.

 

Last Friday Ankara had shot down an aircraft MIG-23 on the pretext of violating Turkey’s airspace.

Meeting with Mossad for the normalisation of relations before the elections

What is impressive however, is the fact that on Monday arrived in Ankara the former member of MOSSAD and current advisor on matters of energy to Netanyahu, David Maidan. According to the newspaper Taraf, Maidan met with Hakan Fidan and some government officials in relation to the developments in Syria, but also in relation to the two countries’ relations. The Turkish newspaper reports Israel asked for guarantees and facilitation for the investigations of natural gas in the Mediterranean. At the same time, the two sides agreed to reopen the embassies in Ankara and Tel Aviv, as well as to a possible visit of Erdogan to Israel after the elections in Turkey on March 30.

Political analysts believe that Erdogan with a last minute move is trying to normalize the relations with Israel and the U.S. in an attempt to stop the revelations by the order of Hizmet, of which the leader, Fethullah Gulen, has been living in the U.S. for the last 15 years.

Turkish Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said there has been “great progress towards an agreement between Turkey and Israel on the compensation for the victims of Mavi Marmara.

“The gap between the expectations of the two sides has narrowed. Great progress has been achieved, but both sides need to come together once again to reach a final agreement”.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that a formal agreement between the two countries could be signed “after the elections”.

“We expect an answer from the Israeli side” to Ankara’s demands, stated the head of turkish diplomacy on his part.

According to the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, Tel Aviv offered to the families of the victims the amount of $20 million dollars.

Concerns for Erdogan’s health

The Turkish prime minister, however, faces a serious problem in his vocal cords and his voice is unrecognizable during his speeches in electoral gatherings. Doctors stress that Erdogan needs immediate rest and cortisone administration, but he seems to refuse and continues his tour of the cities of Turkey.