I take a backseat to no one in my admiration for Barry Rubin, and it is thus a source of great pride to become a colleague of his here at PJM. Naturally, I was confident his comprehensive “gobble, gobble” analysis had to be the last word on what is happening in Turkey under Erdogan’s Islamic supremacist regime. But, alas, it appears Prof. Rubin has missed a critical piece of the Ankara puzzle: espionage. As Robert Spencer reports (drawing on Ynet News), the wily Turks are studying the corpse of a bird they suspect of being — all together now — an Israeli spy:
Turkish authorities believe that they have found a bird used for espionage purposes by Israel, the country’s media reported.
According to a Tuesday report in Yedioth Ahronoth, an investigation to that effect was launched in Ankara several days ago, after a farmer discovered a dead Merops Apiaster, commonly known as the European Bee-Eater, in his field. The bird had a ring reading “Israel” on one of its legs.
Bird-banding is a common practice in ornithology, meant to help scientists track bird migration routes.
The band, however, was not the most damning piece of evidence against the bee-eater: Its nostrils were.
The bird-beak in question reportedly sported “unusually large nostrils,” which — combined with the identification ring — raised suspicions that the bird was “implanted with a surveillance device” and that it arrived in Turkey as part of an espionage mission.
The bird’s remains were originally handed over to the Turkish Agriculture Ministry, which then turned in over to Ankara’s security services…..
Is there no end to Zionist treachery?