BERLIN: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned Israel’s actions in the besieged Gaza Strip, stating that there is “ample evidence” to hold the Israeli government accountable at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Erdogan criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and expressed confidence that Israel would be held responsible for its actions.
During a meeting with German officials in Germany, Erdogan emphasized the need for accountability and justice, stating, “There is ample evidence for the Israeli administration to be tried at the International Criminal Court. We will do everything in our power to ensure that these crimes are punished impartially.”
Erdogan further expressed concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, calling for a ceasefire and outlining Turkey’s commitment to rebuilding the destroyed infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, and energy facilities, if a lasting peace is achieved.
Erdogan Criticizes West for Double Standards on Gaza Conflict
Addressing the double standards of the West, Erdogan criticized the justification of Israel’s actions while overlooking the resistance of Palestine. He highlighted the displacement of the Gaza population and the deliberate nature of Israel’s war crimes.
In response to disinformation and lies propagated by Israel since the October 7, Erdogan praised the efforts of Turkey’s Disinformation Combat Center, which exposed over 100 lies shared by Israeli officials internationally.
Erdogan also discussed the evacuation of cancer patients from Gaza to Turkey for treatment, emphasizing Turkey’s commitment to providing healthcare initiatives and humanitarian aid to the besieged enclave.
The Turkish President underscored the importance of an immediate ceasefire, keeping the Rafah border crossing open as a lifeline for Gaza. He asked the international aid organizations to ensure aid flow into the besieged Palestinian region.
— Presidency of the Republic of Türkiye (@trpresidency) November 17, 2023