A day after returning from a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish lawmakers on Tuesday that “Palestinians should not be left in what appears to be an open prison.’

Erdogan also said that Turkey was ready to use its close ties with both Israel and the Palestinians to help mediate a peace deal.

‘What kind of situation is a country in when its communication is restricted with countries of the world like this?’ Erdogan asked.

‘Who is going to take initiative on this, if we don’t?’ he added.

‘We have to exert efforts at the United Nations and other countries. If we don’t do this, we can’t escape from a historic responsibility, we can’t escape from a responsibility toward humanity. That’s why, we have to take these steps.’ Erdogan concluded.

Erdogan held talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a two days visit to the region that ended on Monday.