May 19 2018

Turkish presidential spokesman calls for end of Israel

Turkish presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın has written an article in pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah calling for an end to Israel.

There would be no peace, security or prosperity for anyone in the region until the occupation ended, Kalın wrote, defining the occupation as beginning at the founding of the Israeli state in 1948.

Palestinians “are expected to accept the 70-year occupation without putting up any resistance or objections,” he said.

“The problem is the occupation and without ending it, there will be no peace, no security, no prosperity for anyone.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been harshly critical of the behaviour of the Israeli state in recent days, calling the killing of over 60 Palestinian protesters on the day the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem a “genocide”.

"There is no difference at all between the persecution inflicted on the Jews in Europe 75 years ago and the brutality faced by our brothers in Gaza," Erdoğan said.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had his own criticisms of Erdoğan.

“Erdoğan is among Hamas’s biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understands terrorism and slaughter. I suggest that he not preach morality to us,” he said.

“Netanyahu cannot cover up his crimes and domestic troubles by attacking President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Kalın said.

“He attacks Erdoğan because Erdoğan is the only leader who has the humanity and courage to call out the Israeli violence for what it is: systematic massacring of a people living under occupation.”