Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed Turkish constituents, over the weekend, acknowledging that the world’s Muslims have been observing a sad Ramadan with Israel perpetrating genocide in Gaza. In an exclusive interview with CNN, on Friday, he accused Israel of being a terror state and criticized the world’s so-called democratic countries for favoring the Israeli operation.“As we always say, eventually the right will prevail and the oppressor will go to hell,’ Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, at an election rally in Diyarbakir.
“Each of us will be praying for the safety and well being of our oppressed brothers in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere in the world on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr,’ he said, according to Al Ray.
At least 1,000 Palestinians have been killed – mostly civilians – and more than 6000 injured in Israel’s brutal offensive, now into its third week.
During an exclusive interview with CNN’s Becky Anderson, on Friday, Erdogan slammed Israel for being a terror state and criticized the world’s so-called democratic countries for favoring the Israeli operation.
He said: ‘They’re creating a wave of terror with what they’re doing now. Israel’s position in Palestine is apparent.’
During the interview, Erdogan recalled a meeting with former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon in Tel Aviv, when Sharon used the expression: ‘The most enjoyable moments of my life are those when I was on top of tanks in Palestine.’
PM Erdogan said, ‘I can never forget this. Of course, it clearly displays the viewpoint of one human towards another.’
He reffered to meetings both with George Bush and Barack Obama, as well, noting how they always alude to a two-state structure in the region called ‘Israel-Palestine’, saying, ‘However we are now facing such a picture, it’s beyond comprehension that Israel is still defended by the West, and the world is silent about it,’ Erdogan said. ‘Therefore, Turkey cannot and will not remain silent.’
Relations between Ankara and Jerusalem became strained after a raid on the Turkish-owned vessel, the Mavi Marmara, in May of 2010, to enforce a naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.
Nine Turkish citizens were killed in the raid.
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