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Turkey PM accuses Israel of 'state terrorism' over Gaza
Published Tuesday 15/07/2014 (updated) 11/08/2014 09:55
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Sept.
17, 2013 (AFP/Adem Altan)
ANKARA (AFP) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday stepped up his rhetoric against Israel over its deadly air offensive on Gaza, accusing Israel of committing "state terrorism" against the Palestinians.

Presenting himself as the sole world leader speaking up for the Palestinians, Erdogan said that any normalization in the troubled ties between Israel and Ankara was currently out of the question.

"Israel is continuing to carry out state terrorism in the region. Nobody, except us, tells it to stop," Erdogan told members of his ruling party in parliament, accusing Israel of perpetrating a "massacre" of Palestinians.

"To what extent will the world remain silent to this state terrorism?"

Supporters from his Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party often interrupted his address by shouting slogans like "Murderer Israel!".

His comments came after a week of the deadliest violence in the Gaza Strip for years which has claimed at least 192 lives, sparking international condemnation.

Israel on Tuesday accepted an Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire, despite a Hamas decision to turn down the US-backed truce.

Erdogan welcomed the ceasefire proposal as "very positive" and "precious".

"I hope this ceasefire will be secured," he said.

"But it appears that the blood of innocent Palestinian children is being exploited in the dirty politics of the Middle East," he said.

Erdogan is due to host President Mahmoud Abbas in Turkey for talks on Friday.

Ties between Israel and Turkey hit an all-time low after Israeli marines stormed a Gaza-bound Turkish ship in 2010 while in international waters. Ten Turks were killed.

Encouraged by the United States, there had been progress toward a normalization of ties. But Erdogan said this could not be considered as long as the Israeli offensive continued.

"The Israeli state must know that it is out of the question to normalize our relations if those massacres continue," he said.

Erdogan sees himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and is also keen to underline his credentials as a global Muslim leader ahead of August 10 presidential elections in which he is standing.

"You are no longer alone and will never be," said Erdogan, referring to the Palestinians.

Until the rise to power of Erdogan's AKP, NATO member Turkey was seen as Israel's key ally in the Islamic world and Middle East.
1 ) Outlier / USA
15/07/2014 20:00
For fairness, he should have accused Gaza of the same: state terrorism.

2 ) Bin Laden's / Ghost
15/07/2014 21:11
Spoken like a true prick!

3 ) Adam hussain / UK
16/07/2014 02:52
It's a shame on the middle eastern country's that Palestinians still depend on aid from EU country's , however it's a victory for Palestinians and a smack across the face of the Arab nations and other Muslim country's May lord almighty curse you :-(

4 ) RealityCheck / The World
18/07/2014 00:21
Who cares what Erdogan says, he's just like the rest of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists. A country responsible for the genocide of over a million Armenians and Greeks tells the world that Israel is a terrorist state?!? So what does that make all those Hamas militants, in green headbands and AK-47's, peace activists? Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

5 ) Tibi / Tubas
18/07/2014 04:23
Islamic States, like Turkey and Iran, will always support another Muslim regime, like Hamas, particularly if one is fighting a Jewish state, but Egypt says that all the violence & killings are entirely Hamas' fault !!

6 ) tahir / usa
18/07/2014 19:13
Among muslim leaders only Erdogan condemns to Israel sharply. The first action of Sisi was to close Rafah Border. That is proof why israel foreign minister supported Sisi to come force and now Israel puppet Sisi tries to persuade Hamas to accept Israel's plan. Other coward arab leaders can not say even one word. All of them are in deep sleep.

7 ) Abid / Kashmir
19/07/2014 11:01
shame on these arabs who r in deep sleep.we are with you gaza bcoz we feel your pain .we are continously protesting against israel and we are continously being beaten and firrd at by indian army.this is least we can do for you.

8 ) Face the Facts / Canada
20/07/2014 01:44
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, isn't it about time that Turkey take some responsibility for the bloodshed in Syria. Turkey trained terrorists to go destroy Syria, mind your own business Erdogan, Turkey is a terror state.

9 ) Love / USA
20/07/2014 07:03
comments #1, 2 & 4 are totally out of line...especially as the world watches Israel intentionally target, kill & cripple children, mothers, hospitals...nothing but war crimes, one after the other, escalation or no escalation...the war crimes happen daily against Palestinians...shame on any of you for supporting those crimes...there is simply nothing that compares to the disgusting lack of humanity displayed by the Isrealis...AND FOR DECADES...don't even talk about the reaction to the action!

21/07/2014 18:39

11 ) khan/ indian occupied kashmir / Kashmir
22/07/2014 02:26
Urdgaan is the new hope of Muslims
may almighty send sisi and other Arab zoin Supporters to hell.
Turkey new threat to Terrorist Israel insha Allah

12 ) mia / canada
22/07/2014 04:15
You people how much money gets to write here

22/07/2014 09:28

14 ) maqbool / india
24/07/2014 21:34
turk pm is saying correct.peoples in gaza are innocent.muslim countries should unite

15 ) Outlier / USA
26/07/2014 05:45
14., Maqbool, you must be delusional if you believe the Muslims in Hamas are innocent of starting and escalating this confrontation.

16 ) red / USA
27/07/2014 06:01
Erdogan is all talk; if he really wants to aid Gaza he should provide the heroes of Hamas with the heavy weapons they need to defend their people from the Jewish terrorists.

17 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
27/07/2014 21:40
Hey Carlos and Love and Tahir - why don't you guys all go back to wherever you came from and leave the Native Americans to get their country back? Carlos - go back to Spain? Tahir - why don't you ask the MB why the helped kill 16 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai? That's what got Sisi to dump Morsi - cuz Morsi was killing loyal Egyptians. The MB is evil, that's why you live in America, or are you one of those traitor Muslims who wants to bring jihad to America and murder millions of your neighbors?

18 ) Outlier / USA
30/07/2014 20:33
9., Love, time to be brutally honest and brutally accurate. This is a conflict that Gaza started by increasing rocket launches across the border into Israel. War is deadly and bloody, and Gaza's Hamas leaders should have considered the consequences before starting the conflict. War also is a dangerous landscape where accidents happen; Israel has had its share, but they are accidents, unlike Gaza's rockets, which have so little guidance civilian casualties would be inevitable except for Iron Dome

19 ) mel kamell / malaysia
02/08/2014 14:53
Brian Cohen..! ,time will tell..the truth's wll prevailed..!!,u & israel wll regret at the end of day...!!! Yes !! Yes!!!

20 ) Chimo / USA
03/08/2014 15:10
Erdogan is a cheap Islamist pig dog trying to score points with the terrorist rabble, vwhy doesn't he try going up against Israel himself? We all know the answer to that don't we! Whoever in Turkey still believes in Ataturk better get your country away from that fool, lest Turkey become a terrorist state themselves. They are already a "terrorist supporting state". He's turning ordinary Muslim Turks against Jews, and Turkey's tourism economy is paying for it. Israelis won't go to Turkey anymore
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