ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in his strongest analysis yet on the Gaza conflict, said on Wednesday the Palestinian militant group Hamas wasn’t a terrorist organisation but a emancipation group fighting to cover Palestinian lands. NATO member Turkey condemned the mercenary deaths caused by Hamas’sOct. 7 rage in southern Israel, but also prompted Israeli forces to act with restraint in their response. Ankara has explosively criticised Israel’s hail of Gaza.
” Hamas isn’t a terrorist organisation, it’s a emancipation group,’ mujahideen’ waging a battle to cover its lands and people,” he told lawgivers from his ruling AK Party, using an Arabic word denoting those who fight for their faith. Unlike numerous of its NATO abettors and the European Union, Turkey doesn’t consider Hamas a terrorist organisation and hosts members of the group on its home. Ankara backs a two- state result to the decades-old Israel- Palestinian conflict. Erdogan also slammed Western powers for supporting Israel’s bombing of Gaza and called for an immediate ceasefire, the unchecked entry of philanthropic aid into Gaza and for Muslim countries to work together to stop the violence. “
The perpetrators of the butchery and the destruction taking place in Gaza are those furnishing unlimited support for Israel,” Erdogan said.” Israel’s attacks on Gaza, for both itself and those supporting them, amount to murder and internal illness.”
Israel rejected Erdogan’s description of Hamas, with Foreign Ministry prophet Lior Haiat calling the group” a despicable terrorist organisation”. ” Indeed the Turkish chairman’s attempt to defend the terrorist organisation and his inciting words won’t change the horrors that the whole world has seen,” Haiat wrote on social media platformX. Erdogan’s commentary also drew a nippy reproach from Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, who said they were” grave and disgusting and didn’t help withde-escalation”. He prompted Italy’s foreign minister to lodge a formal kick with Ankara.
Shares in Istanbul dropped 7 on Wednesday in a slide that dealers attributed to Erdogan’s commentary on Hamas. The fighting in Gaza comes at a time when Turkey is working to mend its ties with Israel after times of acrimony, fastening on energy as an area of cooperation. Indicating that those normalization sweats were now suspended, Erdogan indicted Israel of taking advantage of Turkey’s” good intentions” and said he’d cancelled a preliminarily planned visit to Israel. ” I shook the hand of this man named Netanyahu one time in my life,” Erdogan said, pertaining to his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month. still, our relations might have been different, but now,” If he( Netanyahu) had continued with good intentions. Erdogan indicted the West of insincerity for failing to respond to what he called Israel’s” purposeful butchery” in Gaza with the same resoluteness as it did to Russia’s irruption of Ukraine.