Turkey warns of 5M-strong ‘Army of Islam’ vs. Israel
The sobering announcement came in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in recognition of the Holy City as Israel’s official capital – a move that infuriated many in the surrounding Islamic world.
Operation besiege Israel
The move was discussed in a report by Turkey’s unofficial newspaper, Yeni Şafak, just before a summit was held in the 99-percent Muslim nation’s capital of Istanbul by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) – a collective voice of the Muslim world and the second-largest inter-governmental organization (behind only the United Nations), with its membership spanning four continents.
Equipped with the power to sign both military and economic sanctions, the Islamic force is being designed for global dominance.
“If the member states of the OIC unite militarily, they will form the world’s largest and most comprehensive army,” the Turkish daily’s Dec. 11 article titled, “What if a Muslim army was established against Israel?” reads. “The number of active soldiers would be at least 5,206,100, while the defense budget would reach approximately $175 billion.”
Comparisons were then made to boast about the fact that Turkey and the OIC significantly surpasses Israel in both manpower and funds.
“In comparison, Israel is dwarfed by this unified Muslim army – the population of Israel, which is occupying Palestine, is 8.547 million, [while] the population of Istanbul alone is over 14 million,” the Yeni Şafak declared. “There are 160,000 active soldiers in Israel’s forces, and their defense budget is $15.6 billion.”
Following Israel’s stats, the Turkish newspaper displayed a comparative graphic showing the OIC’s $175 defense budget and 5.2 million troops before notin how its member nations can tactically surround Israel.
“One of the decisions that could emerge from the OIC summit is to establish a ‘Jerusalem Duty Group,’ in which a few countries protect the city; in this regard, military steps are expected to be taken,” the article published the day before the conference announced. “The establishment of a possible Muslim army would ensure that Israel is militarily surrounded.”
And the military stragegy against Israel is by no means a half-baked pipe dream, but a well-devised planned Islamic takeover.
“It is expected that 250,000 soldiers will participate in the first stage of a possible operation – [l]and, air and naval bases of member states located in the most critical regions will be used,” Yeni Şafak revealed. “Joint bases will be constructed in a short period of time. Close contact routes can be formed by land bases near Israel. There are also air bases where planes traveling from distant regions can gather. Israel may also encounter many ships coming from the Mediterranean and Red Sea. It is possible for 500 tanks and armored vehicles, 100 planes and 500 attack helicopters and 50 ships to mobilize quickly.”
Strutting a Turkish threat
The paper went on to strut the fact that Turkey’s military itself – without the assistance of 56 other Muslim nations – outdoes Israel militarily when it comes to sheer numbers. It went on to stress that the Islamic country located in Asia minor plays the crucial role at the core of the offensive operation and that its alliance partner, Pakistan, possesses the nuclear arsenal to devastate Israel and its allies.
“Turkey, which recently completed the successful cross-border Euphrates Shield Operation, ranks seventh internationally for its army [and] – in terms of its army size – Turkey ranks second among NATO members,” the daily noted. “Turkey has approximately 4,000 tanks, 1,000 aircraft and 13 submarines. There are 194 vehicles in the fleet as part of the steps taken in recent years. As the only Muslim country in ownership of nuclear weapons, Pakistan has an important place among the OIC members.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – currently serving as the OIC’s anti-Semitic term leader – was quoted in the article to make it clear that the Muslim nation’s leadership is fully on board with capturing Jerusalem as an Islamic stronghold.
“Those who think Jerusalem belongs to them today will not be able to find a tree to hide behind tomorrow,” Erdoğan warned, according to the Turkish daily.
Erdoğan’s central role in the formative stages of the operation and his ties to those who devised the anti-Israel strategy should not be discounted.
“Much of the information in the article was provided by Turkey’s SADAT International Defense and Consulting Company, which provides consultancy on defense and warfare – both conventional and unconventional – and on military organization, training and gear,” WND reported. “The company promotes pan-Islamic military cooperation.”
In fact, the masterminds behind SADAT are all still very close to the Turkish president.
‘The SADAT company was founded by Erdoğan’s senior adviser on military affairs, retired General Adnan Tanrıverdi, and is chaired by his son, Melih Tanrıverdi,” WND added. “Adnan Tanrıverdi served in the Turkish army’s artillery corps and is an expert on asymmetric warfare. He was dismissed from the Turkish military in 1996 for his Islamist leanings.”
The mission statement of SADAT makes its objective of a global dominance in the name of Islam quite clear.
“[SADAT seeks] to establish defense collaboration and defense industry cooperation among Islamic countries, to help the Islamic world take its rightful place among the superpowers by providing … strategic consultancy and training services to the militaries and homeland security forces of Islamic countries,” SADAT’s mission statement reads, according to WND.
Internal reasons for Israel to worry
Israeli officials are well-aware of the seriousness behind SADAT’s and OIC’s threats – within its own borders.
“According to Israeli security sources, the SADAT company is involved in aiding Hamas, and seeks to assist – with funds and military gear – the creation of a ‘Palestine Army” to fight Israel,” the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) explained.
It was also noted that one of SADAT’s founders, Tanrıverdi, has been publishing propaganda to get anti-Semitic attacks underway.
“The Yeni Şafak article is based on a PDF booklet featuring a number of articles by Tanrıverdi, as well as other materials, that appeared on the homepage of SADAT’s website and has since been removed,” MEMRI noted. “Some of the articles are virulently anti-Israel and promote the goal of arming the Palestinians and forming an Army of Islam to eliminate Israel.”
A common theme of Tanriverdi’s pieces are a global Islamic takeover aimed at wiping out both Israel and Christianity.
“One of these articles, titled ‘SADAT and the Future of the Muslim World,’ describes Israel as ‘the outpost of the new Crusade and a dagger in the heart of Islam,’ and ‘the eyes, ears and fist of the Christian World,” MEMRI continued. “A second article, titled ‘How to Solve the Palestinian Question?’ emphasizes the need to utilize the OIC as the basis for a permanent defense cooperation committee, and also describes his vision of establishing military bases for the purpose of liberating Palestine.”
Tanriverdi’s support for the Palestinians taking over Israel is also openly declared in his works – and the messaging of Turkey’s leadership at the OIC is a strong indication that the Islamic nation is fully on board with the Islamic conquest.
“An article titled ‘Palestine Too Should Have an Army’ articulates Tanrıverdi’s vision of forming a Palestinian army equipped with tanks and other heavy weaponry, and adds that this army – along with a united Army of Islam – can bring about Israel’s military defeat within 10 days and its diplomatic defeat within 20 days,” MEMRI noted. “The fact that Yeni Şafak echoes Tanrıverdi’s articles indicates that regime-associated media is promoting an agenda of attacking Israel.”