Erdogan Says U.S., Europe Not Doing Enough to Put Pressure on Israel

Mon May 13 2024
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ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said that the United States and European countries were not doing enough to put pressure on Israel to reach a ceasefire in Gaza, after the Palestinian group Hamas’ move to accept a truce proposal.

Turkey has condemned Israel’s attacks on Gaza, called for an immediate ceasefire, and denounced what it calls unconditional support for Israel by the West.

Ankara has stopped all trade with Israel and said it had decided to join South Africa’s move to have Israel tried for genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Erdogan speaking to Muslim scholars in Istanbul, said Hamas had accepted a truce proposal by Qatar and Egypt for a lasting ceasefire, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government did not want this conflict to end.

Netanyahu targets innocent people in Rafah

He added the response of the Netanyahu government was to target the innocent people in Rafah city Gaza.

He went on to say it has become clear which side is with peace and dialogue, and who wants to continue with clashes and more bloodshed.

Turkish intelligence chief Ibrahim Kalin on Sunday met with Hamas leaders in Doha to discuss ceasefire talks and access to humanitarian assistance into Gaza.

Israel’s military conduct in Gaza has come under mounting scrutiny in recent weeks, as the civilian death toll and devastation in the enclave continue to increase.

Ankara on Friday welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s support for a Palestinian bid to become a full U.N. member.

Erdogan on Sunday urged the countries not recognizing a Palestinian sovereign state to do so after the vote but criticized Washington and others who voted against it.

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