Turkey’s Erdogan: Hamas not a terrorist org. but liberation group

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Hamas is not a terrorist organization but a liberation group waging a battle to protect its land.

In a speech to his party’s lawmakers in parliament, Erdogan said Israel had taken advantage of Turkey’s good intentions and that he will not go to Israel as previously planned.

The president also urged an immediate ceasefire between Israeli and Palestinian forces and said Muslim countries must act together for lasting peace, calling on world powers to pressure Israel to halt attacks. Erdogan said that the Rafah border gate must be kept open for humanitarian aid and that prisoner exchanges should be concluded urgently.

In a highly charged speech, Erdogan also claimed that the UN Security Council needs to be reformed and that he was saddened by the ‘inability’ of the international body to manage the situation in Gaza. He proposed organizing an international Israel-Palestine peace conference and called on the Palestinian people to unite for a two-state solution to be possible, suggesting that Arab states should provide moral and financial support for this…”

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