Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is incredibly angry following the killing of 60 Palestinians at the Israeli border earlier this week. He is calling for Islamic people to unite outside of the United Nations to thwart the state of Israel.
“The U.N. is finished, ended, collapsed. At this moment I cannot reach the U.N. secretary general despite having a good friendship [with him],” Erdoğan said during a dinner in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
“We will never allow Jerusalem to be usurped by Israel. We will support the struggle of our brothers until the days when Palestinian lands – which have long been occupied – will have peace and security within the borders of a free Palestinian state,” he said.
These comments follow Erdoğan’s accusation that what Israel did at their border was a genocide.
“What Israel has done is genocide,” Erdoğan said, “I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America.”
He added: “We will continue to stand with Palestinian people with determination.”
“Islamic countries should without fail review their relations with Israel,” Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, “The Islamic world should move as one, with one voice, against this massacre.”
Israel is standing strong behind their actions. They allege that many of the people who were killed at the protest over the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv into Jerusalem were affiliated with Hamas, a radical Islamic organization at war with Israel.
“The determined action of the IDF and the security forces prevented a breach into Israel’s borders,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said following the attacks. Despite tensions being at an all-time high, he does not rule out the possibility of peace – under the condition that Palestinians fully reject the Hamas terror group.
“Yes, I think [peace is] possible,” Netanyahu said to CBS News on Tuesday evening. “Not with those Palestinians like Hamas, who call for a destruction. But I see peace with any one of our neighbors who’s willing to live in peace, I think yes. I think it’s possible.”