The president of Türkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoganassured this Tuesday that the jihadist group Hamaswhich launched the savage attacks against Israel on October 7 that killed more than 1,400 people, “it is not a terrorist organization” but a “group of liberation fighters”.
”The entire West considers Hamas a terrorist organization. From here I say it: Israel, you can be it; The West owes you many debts. But Türkiye has no debts to you. Hamas is not a terrorist organization; is a group of liberation fighters, who fights to protect its land and its citizens”Erdogan said in the Ankara Parliament.
The president, who canceled a planned trip to Israel, demanded a Immediate ceasefire between Jewish State forces and Hamas. He assured that Turkey will continue to use all political, diplomatic and military means necessary to end the crisis.
Erdogan said days ago that Israel does not behave “like a state” in the Gaza Strip.
“Israel must not forget that if it acts more like an organization than a state, it will end up being treated as such,” the president said, attacking the “shameful methods” of the Israeli army in the densely populated Gaza Strip.
“Bombing civilian places, killing civilians, blocking humanitarian aid and trying to present this as achievements are acts of an organization and not a state,” he said.
Erdogan often uses the word “organization” when referring to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), classified as a terrorist group by Türkiye and its Western allies.
“We believe that a war must have ethics and that both parties must respect them.. Unfortunately, this principle is seriously violated in Israel and Gaza“, he claimed, denouncing the “murders of civilians in Israeli territory” and “the blind massacre of innocents in a Gaza subjected to constant bombing.”
On the other hand, the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hakan Fidanaccused Israel of “crime against humanity” in its campaign in Gaza.
“Attacking our Palestinian brothers, including children, patients and the elderly, even in schools, hospitals and mosques, is a crime against humanity,” he said, together with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.