ISTANBUL – Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday in Washington, said the assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashogo "came from the highest level in the Saudi government" and that "some Saudi officials" tried to clear off the crime.
"Our friendship with Riyadh, which takes a long time does not mean that we will not keep in mind the deliberate murder that unfolds before our eyes," Erdogan wrote in The Post's Global Reviews. He partially came to the conclusion that "We must show the identity of the puppeteers after Khashoggi's death".
He did not name those officers who say they are hiding the murder and are not new evidence of high-level participation in Saudi Arabia.
His comments, coinciding with the one-month deadline, as Khashoggi's assassination in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was the most direct attack by Erdogan even against the Saudi government and de facto leader Mohammed bin Salman Crown Prince. Since other neighboring states, including Israel, have been in defense of Saudi Arabia in recent weeks, Turkey has always sought an answer from the Saudi government. Despite these demands, Riyad offered Khashoggi's death.
This Turkish campaign called for speculation that Erdogan is trying to leave Mohammed, whose regional policy has been in conflict with the interests of Turkey and whom Erdogan personally dislikes.
While the Turkish leader Mohammed did not commit suicide, he did not mention the crown obstruction, even when Mohammed's father, King Salman, was absolved of all responsibility.
"I do not believe for a moment that King Salman, the custodian of the sacred mosques ordered Khashnoot," Erdogan wrote. "Therefore, I have no reason to believe that his murder reflected the official policy of Saudi Arabia."
Saudi Arabia acknowledged that within the consulate the Saudi agents murdered Khashoggi, the Post-contributing journalist, but insisted on acting outside the jurisdiction of the state. Saudi authorities have arrested 18 people and five officers have been fired, including two of Mohammed's supreme aides, the government said. He did not elaborate on the relationship he needs with the death of the late Khashoggi.
Turkey's prosecutor said this week that Saudi agents almost immediately choked Khashoggi after he went to the consulate on October 2, then sliced his body. Turkey has not publicly provided any evidence of accusations, such as a voice recorded by Turkish officials about killing Khashoggi.
"We shared the evidence with our friends and allies, including the United States," Erdogan wrote on Friday.
Erdogan's government has requested the extradition of the 18 suspects, and in recent days accused the Saudi officials of hindering the investigation by holding back the most important evidence, including Khashoggi's body. Erdogan also wrote that he was "deeply concerned" that the Saudis did not act in Istanbul, against the Saudi consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi who, two weeks after Khashoggi's death, allegedly left Turkey.
The latest Turkish attacks have come because Saudi Arabia has been supported by an unlikely alliance – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who declared Khashuo's murder as "horror" on Friday, but warned of any response that would destabilize the riyadh political status quo .
Israel publicly listened to the global fire on Khashoggi's death, though Western officials said behind the scenes told Trump administration that Saudi Arabia was an important strategic partner in a region where US policy is focusing on Iran's struggle.
"What happened at the Istanbul consulate was terrible and should be addressed accordingly," Netanyahu said in the Bulgarian town of Varna. "However, I say it is very important for the stability of the world, for the region and the world, for Saudi Arabia to remain stable."
"I think we need to find a way to achieve both goals," he said, "because the bigger problem is Iran and we need to make sure that Iran does not pursue malicious activities."
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Netanyahu also noted Israel's improved relations with Saudi Arabia and many other Arab countries in recent months. Sometimes it is about the common strategic threat that it addresses as a strategic threat to Iran; sometimes referred to in a wider context of a regional peace process that would circumvent the Palestinians.
Netanyahu's remarks swiftly engulfed Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa, the foreign minister of Bahrain, a powerful ally of Saudi Arabia.
In a message sent to Twitter, Khalid said that the Israeli prime minister "gave a clear idea of the stability of the region and the role of Saudi Arabia in maintaining stability."
Analysts say Friday Netanyahu has decided publicly to support Saudi Arabia and Mohammed to encourage indebtedness in the future.
"Netanyahu also sees the opportunity to get Salman bin Salman in earnings if he remains in power and continues to control Saudi Arabia," said Ofer Zalzberg, senior analyst at the International Crisis Group for Israeli-Palestinian affairs. Such "exploitation" of the public sponsor of the Crown Prince at a sensitive political moment could lead to significant potential gains, "Zalzberg said.
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Otherwise, Khashoggi's death continued, Norway said he quoted the Saudi ambassador.
"We have digested the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and we have repeatedly made our point of view to the Saudi ambassador after he was known," said Ine Eriksen, Norwegian Foreign Minister. "We have stressed that we are taking this issue seriously."
Human rights groups also called for action against the Saudi government, referring to the chilling effect that Khashoggi would have to assassinate in the world of the defenders.
A letter signed by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, more than 100 writers, journalists, artists and activists, called on Guterres to "immediately authorize an independent, international investigation into the disappearance and apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi."
"If it is true, killing a journalist at a diplomatic facility would be no less than a state terrorist act aimed at intimidating journalists, dissidents and exiled critics around the world," PEN America continued.
Ruth Eglash in Jerusalem has contributed to this report.
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