Palestinian faction Hamas said Sunday that Israel's reported petition to NATO against Turkey for hosting its members – as well as its accusations against Hamas for planning terrorist attacks - are but an attempt to distract attention away from its repeated crimes against Palestinians.
"Israel is the root of terrorism in the Middle East due to its crimes against Palestinians," Hamas said in a statement.
"Israel is using the petition [against Turkey] to draw attention away from its crimes and play the victim in an crude, obvious manner," said Hamas.
Hamas went on to say that "Israel is inciting against Turkey because the latter acts as a fail-safe in the region and the entire world."
The movement also stressed that its members currently present in Turkey are "leading political figures known for defending the people of Palestine."
Earlier this week, Israel appealed to NATO to take action against Turkey, claiming that it is permitting Hamas members to plan terror attacks against Israelis from its territory, according to Hebrew news website Ynet.
According to the report, the Israeli government said that Turkey has embraced Hamas leaders after they fled Damascus and that it encourages their anti-Israel activities.
Turkish diplomats, on their part, denied the allegations and described the accusation as baseless.
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