A Turkish hacking group on Saturday took over the Twitter account of Dore Gold, who has served in the past in various official capacities, including as an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as ambassador to the United Nations and as the director-general of the Foreign Ministry.
In a tweet on Gold’s account, a group calling itself the “Turkish cyber army Ayyıldız Tim” claimed credit for the hacking attack.
“The Turks will never forget, neither what is done nor what is evil,” the group wrote.
“Jerusalem can not be the capital of Israel! Because Jerusalem is holy to Muslims and is the land of Palestine,” the group wrote in a separate tweet, referring to US President Donald Trump’s December 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The hackers also said “the Turkish – Islamic Union will soon be established,” but it was not clear what that meant.
The Ottoman Empire ruled the Muslim world from the 16th century until 1924, when the empire was abolished and replaced by the modern Republic of Turkey.
Gold, who now serves as the head of a right-leaning Jerusalem think tank, ran the Foreign Ministry from May 2015 until stepping down in October 2016, citing personal reasons.
He has served as a top foreign policy aide to Netanyahu and was Israel’s ambassador to the UN during Netanyahu’s first term in the late 90s.