Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terrorist state” in a recent speech to his ruling party, CNN reported.
Erdogan said: “Israel is implementing a strategy to destroy the city and its inhabitants. I say very clearly and honestly that Israel is a terrorist state.”
The Turkish president also vowed to take steps to ensure that Israel’s political and military leaders face an international court for their actions in Gaza. “We will take steps to ensure that the Israeli political and military leaders who brutally murdered the oppressed people of Gaza face trial in international courts,” he said, according to CNN.
In response to Erdogan’s remarks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired back on the X social network, accusing Erdogan of supporting the “terrorist state of Hamas.”
Netanyahu emphasized: “On the other hand, there are forces that support the terrorists. One of them is Turkish President Erdogan, who calls Israel a terrorist state but supports the terrorist state of Hamas and bombs Turkish villages inside Turkey itself. So we’re not going to get any lectures from them.”
Erdogan didn’t stop there, accusing Netanyahu of threatening Gaza with nuclear bombs. He warned: “I say to Netanyahu, you have atomic bombs, nuclear bombs and you are threatening them. We know it. And your end is coming. You can have as many nuclear bombs as you want. No matter what you have, you are on your way out.”
Erdogan canceled a planned visit to Israel last month, saying Turkey “has no problem with the state of Israel; however, Ankara would never approve of Tel Aviv committing atrocities,” CNN reported.
He also reiterated his position that Western countries consider Hamas a terrorist organization, stating that “Hamas is not a terrorist organization, but a liberation group that fights to protect its countries and citizens.”
Meanwhile, in response to today’s UN Security Council resolution calling for “prolonged humanitarian pauses” in Gaza, Israel’s Foreign Ministry demanded that the bodywork to free hostages held in the Strip, according to The Times of Israel.
In a statement, Israel’s foreign ministry said there was “no room for longer humanitarian pauses while the 239 hostages are still in the hands of Hamas terrorists.”
A UN Security Council resolution demanded the immediate release of all hostages.
Several reports today indicated that a potential deal was being drawn up to free several captives in exchange for a several-day pause in the fighting, The Times of Israel reported.
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