May 14 2018

U.S. 'as responsible' as Israel for massacre in Gaza- Turkish deputy PM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ on Monday said that the U.S. administration held equal responsibility with the Israeli government in the massacre taking place in Gaza, where dozens of Palestinians have been killed while protesting the planned U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem, state-run Anadolu News Agency reported.

Bozdağ took to Twitter to speak out against Monday’s deaths and the decision to move the embassy, which was announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in December, when he declared that the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, breaking decades of U.S. neutrality on the controversial topic.

Forty-three Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops and over 1600 injured in clashes, Israeli Haaretz daily reported

“The U.S., by moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem will not bring comfort, security, stability, and peace to the region; it will increase the already existing discomfort, insecurity, instability, crisis and conflicts; and also trigger many unforeseen negativities,” the deputy prime minister said.

Bozdağ’s comments echo those of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who earlier on Monday, while attending an event during his three-day visit to the U.K., stressed that, ‘’Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.’’ 

"Jerusalem will eventually be fully liberated; U.S. and Israel will ultimately have to leave Jerusalem to its true owners," Bozdağ added. “Injustices and mistakes do not grant the U.S. and Israel anything permanent, but they accelerate the inevitable end: the liberation of Jerusalem.”

Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians have gathered on the Gaza Strip’s eastern border since early morning to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary -  marking the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948 - and protest the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the agency reported.