Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘tyranny,’ likens Israeli MP to Hitler
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Israel of “terrorizing the region” with its bombardment of Gaza and implied that an Israeli politician is similar to Adolph Hitler in a broadside likely to further strain fragile relations between the two countries.
Israel resumed its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, six hours after an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire failed to halt Palestinian rocket fire into Israeli territory.
At least 184 Palestinians, many of them civilians, have been killed since operations by the Israeli military began a week ago.
“With utter disregard for international law, Israel continues to terrorize the region, and no country but us is telling it to stop,” Erdoğan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) at a speech in parliament on Tuesday.
He stated there is no explanation for Israel’s recent acts and accused Israel of violating international law and acting as a “terrorist state.” “It has sprayed bullets and caused deaths, as it does every Ramadan,” Erdoğan said.
“No tyranny is everlasting; sooner or later every tyrant has to pay the price… This tyranny will not remain unaccounted for,” he added.
Ankara had formerly been Israel’s closest strategic ally in the region, but Erdoğan has become increasingly vocal in his criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in recent years.
Erdoğan also criticized an Israeli member of parliament, apparently Ayelet Shaked of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party.
“An Israeli woman said Palestinian mothers should be killed, too. And she’s a member of the Israeli parliament. What is the difference between this mentality and Hitler’s?” he asked.
Palestinian media last week accused Shaked of inciting violence after she posted a quote from the writings of another Israeli journalist on Facebook that said the “mothers of the martyrs” should also be killed, referring to the mothers of Palestinian suicide bombers.
“They should follow in the footsteps of their sons. There is nothing more just than that. They need to go… Otherwise, they will raise more little snakes there,” the post stated.
On Tuesday, Shaked’s spokeswoman confirmed the post but denied that she had incited violence.
“It is preposterous to argue that Member of Knesset Shaked called for harming innocents. Member of Knesset Shaked condemns violence of any kind,” the spokeswoman said.
Erdoğan says cease-fire is not enough, calls for lift of Gaza siege
Erdoğan said the cease-fire proposed by Egypt to settle the conflict between Israel and Hamas is not convincing, citing previous cease-fires, adding that Turkey wants to end Israel’s blockade of the coastal territory as soon as possible, as a cease-fire is not sufficient to stop the suffering of Palestinians.
“As long as children are being slaughtered in Palestine, it is not possible for our relations to become normal… A cease-fire in Gaza is not enough. We want the immediate lifting of the inhuman embargo on Gaza,” Erdoğan said.
Erdoğan also called on Israeli citizens to react against the slaughter conducted by their state, saying, “The Israeli nation should see that the unbalanced attacks are trying to hide behind excuses.” The prime minister rejected claims that Hamas had also bombed Israel.
“With such a policy: Hamas dropped bombs. How many people were killed as result of this bomb? There are no deaths… However, you killed 200 people, and there are around 1,000 injured. And you flattened Gaza… Israel will never attain peace with such a policy,” Erdoğan said.
Israel launched the offensive last week, saying it was a response to weeks of heavy rocket fire out of Hamas-ruled Gaza. The Health Ministry in Gaza said 185 people, including dozens of civilians, have been killed and more than 1,000 people wounded.
There have been no Israelis killed, although several have been wounded by rocket shrapnel, including two sisters, ages 11 and 13, who were seriously hurt on Monday.
Oh America! Why do you remain silent?’
During his parliamentary address, Erdoğan slammed the international community for being silent over the Gaza offensive. He asked how long Europe and the Islamic world would remain passive in the face of those who kill their brothers.
“How long will the world remain passive to this state terror? It is not only Palestinian children who die, but also global justice and our consciences die in Palestine. Those who remain silent are collaborators in this oppression. Those who assent to oppression are a party to this oppression,” he said.
Erdoğan also directed his arrows of criticism at the United States for its stance on the Israeli-Hamas conflict. He said the US had told Turkey that it favors a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two-state solution, adding that the US is not behaving as though it wants a two-state solution.
İhsanoğlu: UN Security Council call over cease-fire is ‘deficient’
In his remarks to reporters following a visit to the Palestinian Embassy in Ankara on Monday, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, the presidential candidate jointly nominated by the main opposition parties, criticized the UN Security Council’s (UNSC) decision to enact a cease-fire, noting that the decision does not condemn Israel.
“In asking for a cease-fire to be established, the [UN] decision did not condemn [Israel’s] use of violence,” İhsanoğlu said.
The opposition’s presidential candidate also stated that Hamas, which rejected the ceasefire, should act in parallel with Palestinian government. He said Hamas’ working with the international community will help to ease the pain of the Palestinian people and rebuild peace in the region.
İhsanoğlu also said one cannot afford to remain neutral in a fight between an oppressor and a victim, referring to Israel’s recently halted attack on Gaza.
“I have never said and would never say that Turkey should remain neutral regarding the issue of Palestine. … You cannot remain neutral [in a conflict] between an oppressor and a victim,” İhsanoğlu said following a visit to the Palestinian Embassy in Ankara on Monday. Dismissing claims that he recently said Turkey should remain neutral in the conflict between Israel and Palestine, İhsanoğlu said his remarks on the topic had been distorted.
I advise Israel to watch its step, says Erdoğan’s elder daughter
While Erdoğan was bashing Israel and the US in Parliament, his daughter Esra Albayrak, who attended a protest in front of the Israeli Consulate General in İstanbul, urged Israel to watch its step, the Radikal daily reported on Tuesday.
“There is nothing to say. Everything is happening in front of our eyes. I hope Israel will watch its step in a short time,” she reportedly said during the protest, criticizing Israeli minister Shaked for her racist remarks.
“I have been having a hard time understanding such hatred, grudges and anger,” she said, adding that she found it odd for a mother to think about eradicating a nation and committing genocide.
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