Israeli Prime Minister will ultimately be charged with war crimes charges related to Israel’s current attack in the Gaza Strip. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan made this remark on Monday, criticizing Western nations that back Israel.
Turkey, a proponent of a two-state resolution to the long-running conflict, has harshly criticized Israel for its operation in Gaza. The attacks started in reaction to Hamas’s October 7 attack inside Israeli soils. The Israeli air and ground strikes have claimed the lives of almost 15,500 civilians, according to Gazan Health Ministry.
Speaking at a committee meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Erdogan said that Western states that were backing Israel were involved in its atrocities and were providing it with unrestricted assistance for murdering children.
Erdogan expressed that not only is Netanyahu a war a criminal, but he will be executed for the slaughter of Gazans, just as Milosevic faced trial. Milosevic, the former president of Yugoslavia, was convicted for committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide at a tribunal in The Hague. “Those who try to skip over the deaths of all those innocent people by using the excuse of Hamas have nothing left to say to humanity,” he added, referring to Western powers, which he said were “blind and deaf,” Erdogan said.
NATO member Turkey does not consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization and even welcomes some of its members, in contrast to most of its Western partners and several Persian Gulf governments.
Erdogan, whose Islamist-affiliated ruling party has its origins in the region, stated that more work has to be done, even as he indicated that talks with Muslim nations will continue until the bloodshed in Gaza ceased.
The OIC and Arab League established the committee in October in order to have discussions on Gaza with other nations, including Western ones.
Netanyahu also added that “We must absolutely evaluate the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the United Nations Human Rights Council within this framework,” emphasizing that it is important to remember Israeli nuclear weapons.
Erdogan reiterated that the five permanent members of the Security Council did not stand for the world and claimed that the UN had fallen short of the test in Gaza. Turkish president has repeatedly urged for the UNSC to be transformed to be more encompassing. “The sincere efforts of Secretary General (Antonio) Guterres were sabotaged by the Security Council members. None of us have to accept this system.”
In the meantime, the Israeli Prime Minister is expected to face another trial for local chares the include fraud and bribery. Qatar also called for an independent probe into Israeli atrocities in Gaza during the two-months operations.