Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is famous for his complex approaches towards Palestine and Israel. While trying to mend ties with Israel, a move to secure its interests, he has still tendencies to lie on the Palestinian side.
According to Turkish President, Israeli siege and bombardment of Gaza in revenge for attacks by the Palestinian group Hamas was an excessive response that amounted to a “massacre.”
Tayyip Erdogan spoke on the phone with regional leaders, the US, and other influential parties, offering Ankara’s mediation services. Israel’s representative in Ankara, meanwhile, emphasized that it is too early to talk about negotiation.
Turkish president asserted that even warfare has a “morality,” but that the eruption since Saturday had “very severely” breached it in a speech to his governing AK Party in legislature. “Preventing people meeting their most fundamental needs and bombing housing where civilians live – in short, conducting a conflict using every sort of shameful method – is not a war, it’s a massacre,” Erdogan asserted, referring to Israel banning the entry of essential resources like food, drug, and water into Gaza.
Turkey has a history of supporting Palestinians and welcomed Hamas militants in Ankara. After years of hostility, Ankara has been trying to mend its relationship with Tel Aviv. Ankara does not regard Hamas as a terrorist organization, in contrast to the European Union and the United States.
Turkey has said that the conflict is the result of decades of abuses against Palestinians, without directly accusing Israel. According to Anakra, a two-state solution that creates an independent Palestinian state is the best way to achieve peace.
Erdogan and A Complex War
Erdogan condemned Israel’s “disproportionate” bombardment on Gaza today, calling them “devoid of any ethical foundation.”
Erdogan insisted that “we call on countries in the Americas, Europe, and other regions to take up a position between the parties that is fair, just, and based on humanitarian balances. Everyone should refrain from acts that will wholly punish the Palestinian people, like blocking humanitarian aid.” He urged people not to “blindly” support one cause. He cautioned that failure to address the fundamental problem will result in fresh, more deadly wars.
Since the violence started, 13 attacks have targeted medical institutions, according to the WHO. Additionally, already placed medical supplies have been utilized. A critical passage into the Gaza Strip is urgently needed, according to the UN organization, and the bloodshed must stop immediately.
WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic stated during a news conference in Geneva, “WHO is calling for an end to the violence… a humanitarian corridor is needed to reach people with critical medical supplies.”
In the midst of the fierce fighting, up to 200 thousand people, or over a10% of the population, were displaced and left their homes.