Erdogan's noise disappears regarding what happens in Palestinian territories

Virtual social media sites are witnessing a state of anger regarding the positions of the head of the Turkish occupation state regarding the war between Israel and Hamas.

Erdogan's noise disappears regarding what happens in Palestinian territories
25 October 2023   04:00

These positions of Erdogan, which the supporters and followers of the Turkish president describe as weak, were met with a strong welcome from the Israeli side, whose media and spokespeople expressed their satisfaction with Erdogan’s positions shifting to the virtual world and contenting himself with denunciation and condemnation via tweets on virtual communication platforms.

Israeli journalist Eddie Cohen had shared a tweet by the Turkish president in which he spoke about the events in Gaza, commenting on it by saying, “I feel relieved when I see tweets like this, only tweets and not actions.”

Throughout the years of his rule, Erdogan used to make a loud noise regarding any military operations launched by Israel in the Gaza Strip, as he is an ally of the Palestinian Hamas movement, which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Since the meeting between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Erdogan's rhetoric has shifted towards Israel and its policies in the region.

Turkey and Israel have great political and economic relations, as Turkey was the first Islamic country to recognize Israel in 1949, and despite the political differences between the two parties during Erdogan’s rule at the beginning of 2003, trade, diplomatic and military relations remained strong between the two countries.

In statements on Sunday, October 22, the Turkish President considered that “the Palestinians, the Israelis together, and the entire region are paying the bill for every delay in establishing justice. Erdogan also presented a proposal for Turkey to undertake mediation efforts for a ceasefire, which Israel completely ignored, and according to experts, Erdogan’s pragmatism was what prompted him.” Earlier, it adopted positions supportive of Hamas, and it is also the one that forced it to abandon it today.

Pragmatic personality

Researcher in regional and international affairs, Hani Al-Gamal, believes that “Erdogan is a pragmatic figure who can achieve gains at all levels by exploiting the circumstances that arise from any political movement through which he can highlight his personality.”

He told our agency: “Despite Erdogan’s repeated violent statements directly against Israel, discussions recently took place between Ankara and Tel Aviv, especially in light of the growing trade exchange between the two countries and the rise in Turkish exports to Israel in recent years, and this is clearly evident from the scene of the influx of strategic goods that Turkey provided it to Israel during its attack on the Gaza Strip, which is estimated at about 4,500 tons of vegetables and fruits to meet Israel’s need due to the damage caused to many agricultural areas at a time when Israel prevents humanitarian aid from entering the Strip and even targets civilians, including children and women.

According to the researcher, “Ankara is making a great effort to normalize relations with Israel, but this “escalation and tension in East Jerusalem came at a bad time for Turkey. The Turkish government was aiming to play a mediating role between Israel and the Palestinians, which is what Turkey proposed in its speech before the recent meeting of foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.” He pointed out that "Erdogan assumed the role of mediator between the parties to the conflict by proposing a formula to two parties with two different sides. The first consists of countries that will be guarantors of the Palestinian side in the region, including Turkey, and the other is represented by countries that are guarantors of Israel."

He added, "Erdogan began discussions with the Hamas movement to release Israeli hostages it held during its surprise operation. Since the Hamas attack, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has used a neutral tone while not pointing the finger of blame at Israel so as not to lose its strategic ally in the region, which contributes greatly to supporting Turkey in attacking the Kurds and the Syrian state.

Israeli-Turkish collusion against the Kurds

Al-Jamal stressed that the attacks of the Turkish occupation state on Southern Kurdistan and North and East Syria were carried out by Israel, and with prior coordination “with Israel’s knowledge and coordination with it in order to serve their common interests in this crisis and work to prolong the time of the problem and move forward in order to occupy Syrian lands as Israel did in the Golan.” Here we find that Erdogan has lowered his voice in the face of the genocidal war it is waging against the Palestinians, and has contented itself, as usual, with tweeting via electronic platforms without actually engaging in intervention with Israel in order to spare the blood of innocent Palestinians.

Considering that "this is not strange to the character of Erdogan, whose forces carried out violent attacks targeting 200 sites and facilities in North and East Syria, causing the oil, gas, electricity and vital facilities to be taken out of service and creating a catastrophic situation regarding the lives of 5 million people in this region, in addition to the use of phosphorus." Al-Abyad began attacking Kurdistan Workers' Party positions and many Kurdish cities in Afrin, Al-Hasakah, and other areas inhabited by women and children.

Exploiting the crisis