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18 April 2014, Friday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Turkey denounces Israel's Gaza assault as ‘bloody investment in election'

TURKISH PRIME MINISTER RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN (PHOTO: AA)
16 November 2012, Friday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
President Abdullah Gül has decried an ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza that has left more than 20 Palestinians dead so far, most of them civilians, describing the move as a “bloody investment in election.”

“There will be an election in Israel in January. There must not be such a bloody investment in the election,” the Turkish president said as part of a series of public condemnations of Israel by Turkish officials for the offensive Israel launched on Gaza on Wednesday.

This latest surge in the long-running conflict between Israel and Gaza began when the former killed Hamas military mastermind Ahmed Al-Jaabari in a precision airstrike on his car on Wednesday. Israel then began shelling the coastal enclave from land, air and sea. Three days of Israeli airstrikes have left 21 Palestinians dead: eight militants and 13 civilians, among them six children and a pregnant woman carrying twins.

A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis in the town of Kiryat Malakhi on Thursday morning.

Gül described the Gaza violence as a “dangerous escalation” and said it is impossible for the world to ignore the crisis. He recalled the 2008-2009 offensive launched by Israel on Gaza, noting that it also took place just weeks before an Israeli election.

Israel's Operation Cast Lead of 2008-2009 began with a week of air attacks and shelling, followed by a land invasion of the blockaded coastal strip, sealed off at sea by the Israeli navy. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed while 13 Israelis died.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in his first remarks about the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, strongly denounced Israel and linked what he called Israel's “barbaric position” to election tactics. He also recalled that Operation Cast Lead had been launched in the lead up to an Israeli election.

“As you know, there will be an election next month in Israel. And, as you see, Israel has started pounding Gaza with bombs for what are fabricated reasons,” Erdoğan told reporters. He also called on world powers, meaning the US, to abandon a policy of bashing Hamas as the chief culprit in the escalation of the crisis.

 
 
COMMENTS
"This latest surge in the long-running conflict between Israel and Gaza began when the former killed Hamas military mastermind Ahmed Al-Jaabari in a precision airstrike" - No, Sir, it began with more than 150 rockets within 2 days - fired from Gaza...
andrew
Thank you honourable prime minister, hope the rest of muslim world leaders stand up and follow your suit
James
Israel and its forces are ocupiers not defenders on the Palestinian Land. That story about Israel's selfdefense you can only sell in the US where majority of people don't know to show where the US on the world map. Too bad that Sunnis don't unite with Shias in building nuclear bombs and fight agains...
To Israel Supporters
Erdogan with his blatant reli-racism has isolated Turkey more and more.
Johan
Yours is the face
ken
Israel are democratic western country and 99% of us want peace . People from all over the world that visit in Israel , find kindly ,honest , Guest makers and people that love life and respect other people life. We keep all the holy places for all the Religions . Iran , hamas hizbala and some oth...
shaked
If Turkey's government prefers to support terrorism, well, so be it, but please outside the EU. Mr Arinc declared that Al Jabari is a "martyr". So much regarding the topic of terrorism. Rembember, Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the US, Canada, the EU, Japan and many other democratic...
erol
"Israel has started pounding bombs in[sic] Gaza for fabricated reasons."[Erdogan]. So when three or four shells STRAY into Turkish territory "it is Turkey's right to retaliate." But when HUNDREDS of rockets are fired vindictively and indiscriminately onto Israeli citizens, according to Turkey Israel...
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