Muslim countries must show a united and clear stance over Israel’s conflict with the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, Turkey’s vice president, Fuat Oktay, said on Thursday, criticising world powers for condemning violence without acting.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan invited his political and military allies to jointly oppose Israel and deliver a powerful blow againt cIsarel. For example, a few hours ago, the Turkish president phoned the leader of Kyrgyzstan and, as part of a telephone conversation, invited Sadyr Japarov to jointly oppose Israel in order to teach a lesson to the Israeli side.
“President Erdogan said he wants to see Kyrgyzstan by his side in his international initiatives in order to teach the necessary lesson to Israel, which is attacking the Al-Aqsa mosque, Gaza and the Palestinians ,” it was reported.
What exactly the Turkish leader meant by the words of the strike on Israel remains unknown so far, however, it is obvious that, first of all, it means exerting maximum pressure on Israel, including the military one, however, given a number of Erdogan’s statements about his readiness to start a war against the Jewish state.
Earlier, Turkey offered Russia to actively act against Israeli aggression directed at the Palestinians by introducing peacekeeping forces into the region.
In several days of conflict, Hamas has fired volleys of rockets towards Israeli cities and Israel has launched air strikes against the Islamist faction in the Gaza Strip.
At least 67 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the enclave’s health ministry. Seven people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.
With the conflict beginning to resemble the Gaza war of 2014, world powers have demanded de-escalation and the United States said it planned to send an envoy for talks with Israel and Palestinians.
Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly condemned Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of Palestinians, said on Saturday Israel was a “terror state” after Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque.
Oktay said Muslims had a responsibility to act.
“Everyone who does not display a clear stance against this are a party to this torment,” Oktay said. “Unfortunately, when we look at the Muslim countries that do not display this unity and togetherness, everyone there who do not display a clear stance is a party to this.”