Turkish president  censures Israel as 'terrorist state', 'killer of children'

Turkish president censures Israel as 'terrorist state', 'killer of children'

Speaking at a ruling Justice and Development Party’s congress in the central Turkish province of Sivas, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blasted the “disproportionate” force being used by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters, saying that Israel was an “oppressive and occupation” regime.

President Erdogan took a sharp jab at Israel in the wake of the recent decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the Tel Aviv regime, describing Israel as a “terrorist entity” and “killer of children.”

The remarks came only a day after the Turkish leader decried Trump’s decision on Jerusalem al-Quds, stressing that the move “contradicts international law and regional facts.”

“America’s decision does not comply with international law and human conscience, justice and regional facts. This statement is a big blow to the United Nations Security Council, to which the US is also a member,” Erdogan said, adding, “The United Nations cannot have any credibility when its Security Council’s permanent members do not respect it.”

“Israel is an occupying state, and their police are shooting the youth and the kids... They are striking Gaza with their F-16s. They are striking Palestine in the meantime,” Erdogan said.

“I am saying this loud and clear, being strong does not mean being right,” the Turkish president pointed out.

On Wednesday, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in the occupied lands from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds. 

The dramatic shift in Washington’s Jerusalem al-Quds policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and across various other parts of the world. 

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