"The (Israeli spy agency) Mossad thinks the AKP sees historical similarities between Hamas and the early days of their party's struggle against Turkey's secular establishment," the U.S. cable said.
"The AKP thinks it can help Hamas become more moderate and mainstream, as the AKP has done," it added, quoting a senior Israeli army official, Colonel Shimon Arad.
Arad also told U.S. diplomats that Turkey did not actively support the smuggling of Iranian weapons via Syria to the Shi'ite group Hezbollah in Lebanon, but added that Ankara intervened only under specific international pressure.
"He suggested that the Turks might be more responsive to U.S. pressure on this issue than they have been to Israeli complaints," the cable said.
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