Wednesday, 29 Nov 2023 18:48 IWST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) branded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) the “butcher of Gaza” and accused him of spreading anti-Semitism throughout the world. (AFP/OZAN KOSE)
Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
President Turki Recep Tayyip Erdogan branded Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu as the “butcher of Gaza” and accused him of spreading anti-Semitism throughout the world.
In his speech broadcast on Turkish national television, Erdogan considered Netanyahu’s presence dangerous not only for Palestine, but also for Jews throughout the world.
“Netanyahu has written his name in history as the butcher of Gaza,” Erdogan said in a speech broadcast nationally on Wednesday (29/11).
“Netanyahu endangers the security of all the world’s Jews by supporting anti-Semitism through the murders he commits in Gaza.”
In that speech, Erdogan even threatened Netanyahu that he would damage the bilateral relations between Israel and Turkey which had only recovered in recent years.
Turkey and Israel have just reappointed their ambassadors after relations between the two had been strained for the past decade.
Ankara and Tel Aviv are also exploring developing closer trade ties and new energy projects that could help build trust between the two countries in the long term.
However, Israel’s aggression towards Palestine since October 7 has caused Turkey to recall its envoy in Tel Aviv again in protest against Netanyahu’s brutal steps in Gaza.
In the speech, Erdogan also accused Israel of complicating ceasefire efforts in the Gaza Strip. Currently, Israel and Hamas are implementing a temporary ceasefire in Gaza.
The ceasefire took effect on Friday (24/11) and was extended until Thursday (30/11). Most recently, Hamas and Israel are predicted to be in tough negotiations to extend the ceasefire for at least the next three days.
This discourse allows for the release of more hostages by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners in Israel.
Erdogan said Netanyahu’s government was complicating those efforts by continuing to discuss plans to eradicate Hamas.
“However, the statements made by the Netanyahu government diminish our hopes that the humanitarian pause will be turned into a lasting ceasefire,” Erdogan was quoted as saying AFP.
Turkey is one of the Muslim countries that is very vocal in condemning Israel and defending Palestine. Previously, Erdogan had declared Israel a terrorist state due to its brutal aggression against Gaza which has now killed more than 15,000 people.
Erdogan also opposed Israel’s current claim that the Hamas group is not a terrorist, but a liberation organization that seeks to fight for and protect its own land and nation.
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