Erdogan's statements regarding Gaza are allegations violate the reality

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to making his populist statements about the escalation in Gaza, in an attempt to present a picture contrary to the truth about the Turkish position on Israel, which observers consider an attempt to exploit the crisis and jump on it through strong statements that are belied by reality and exposed by numbers.

Erdogan's statements regarding Gaza are allegations violate the reality
23 November 2023   06:02

In a controversial statement reported by Turkish media, Sunday, November 19, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the “Crescent and Cross War” was continuing, and that he felt this matter during his recent visit to Germany. Erdogan described Israel as a “terrorist state,” stressing that Netanyahu his end is near.

Erdogan's statements come despite the recent state of rapprochement witnessed in Turkish-Israeli relations, which was expressed in the historic reception given to the Israeli president during his visit to Turkey in mid-March last year. Erdogan was also scheduled to visit Israel last October had it not been for the outbreak of the war in Gaza.

On the economic level, press reports confirm that Turkish exports to Israel amount to 6.4 billion dollars, while Turkey’s imports of metal machinery and fuel from Israel amount to more than two billion dollars.

According to experts, the Turkish position and the aggressive statements made by Erdogan towards Israel are an attempt to exploit the situation and achieve gains and interests from the humanitarian crisis that Gaza is experiencing as a result of the Israeli aggression, especially with the continued Turkish attacks on the regions of northern Syria.

Pragmatic policy

The researcher in Turkish affairs, Dr. Osama Al-Saeed, believes that: “Turkey adopts a pragmatic policy and always seeks to achieve gains from crises, seize opportunities, and achieve interests from the womb of disasters.”

Osama Al-Saeed told ANHA agency: “The Turkish policy is pragmatic and depends on exploiting circumstances and trying to create opportunities from the crises facing the region, which became clear during the period of what was known in the media as the Arab Spring, and how Turkey tried to exploit this state of Arab turmoil and uprisings to return to the region and build the new Ottoman Empire and use it.” The Middle East as a tool to pressure Europe, which has turned its back on Turkey.”

Saeed continued: “This also appeared in the Ukrainian crisis and how Turkey tried to present itself as a peace mediator, even though it is a member of NATO and has clear links and arms exports with Ukraine, and how it supplied it with UAVs, which affected Turkey’s relations with Russia, but Turkey maintained a minimum level of peace relationship with Russia.

The researcher pointed out that: “In this crisis, Turkey is trying to take advantage of the war and recharge the balance in the Arab street, which realized the true face of Turkish policy in previous years, the face that supported political Islam groups and tried to interfere in the internal affairs of countries, and then retreat from escalation with Arab countries countries such as Egypt and the Emirates.

Al-Saeed believes that: “Erdogan’s statements are mainly aimed at courting Turkey with the Arab and Islamic street, especially after it restored its good relations with Israel and there was a scheduled visit for Erdogan to Tel Aviv before the events of October 7.”

Al-Saeed stressed: “Turkey is seeking to benefit from the Gaza war and is trying to maximize its influence in the Middle East and build new alliances that Egypt may be a part of, given the strategic weight of Cairo, which Turkey is well aware of and knows that strong Egyptian-Turkish cooperation in the Mediterranean and the Middle East can serve as a pressure alliance of Israel."

Restoration of Ottoman influence

For his part, Hani Al-Gamal, a researcher specializing in international affairs, believes that: “Turkey seeks to exploit the war to restore the influence of the ancient Ottoman Sultanate at the expense of the countries of the region.”

Hani Al-Jamal pointed out: “Turkey is taking advantage of the world’s preoccupation and focus on the events in Gaza to carry out strikes with its aircraft in the regions of NE, Syria and target many service centres, hospitals, schools and institutions affiliated with the Autonomous Administration in an attempt to undermine them.”

Hani Al-Jamal drew attention to the fact that: "Turkey is moving unilaterally in order to achieve its own goals, as it exploited the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the incompatibility between the Syrian parties to achieve its interests and expand in northern Syria. It is also exploiting the situation in Gaza to annihilate more areas in Syria."

The researcher revealed that: "Turkey is planning to create a large security cliff that exceeds 50 kilometers in northern Syria, to secure its security presence under the pretext of re-settling Syrian refugees from its lands and building housing for them in northern Syria." He pointed out that: "This step is an attempt to remove the Kurds from its borders and to dismember the Kurdish race, and thus it can eliminate the Kurdish issue."

According to Al-Jamal: “Despite the Turkish-Iranian differences, Tehran is cooperating with Ankara in its plan to get rid of the Kurdish issue and end it, given what Iran describes as the existing Kurdish threat, whether from within or on the Iraqi borders.”

The researcher believes that: “The confusion and geopolitical movement that the region is currently witnessing represents an ideal timing for the Erdogan administration, which is inaugurating the bicentenary of Turkey, and is seeking to create a new state in which his name will be immortalized in the style of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, especially since it is assumed that this is his last period in power and therefore Erdogan seeks to expand the current area of Turkey and include a new geographical area, not only in Syria and Iraq, but in other regions such as the Karabakh region, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, whether by communication.

He added: "By supporting the Karabakh region, he was also able to get rid of the Armenians in this region, and extend the roots of communication with Azerbaijan, and thus expand this important geographical and economic area for Turkey, and then Erdogan can renew the idea of the Ottoman Sultanate in accordance with his own ideologies and concepts that he seeks to achieve."

According to the researcher: “During this Turkish expansion in these regions, Erdogan can achieve several goals, the most important of which is to eliminate the Kurdish issue and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party directly, and the idea of preserving the Kurdish identity, and then expanding towards the East and West at the same time, especially since in the period The latter was able to extend the roots of communication with the Gulf countries again, which supported the Turkish Central Bank with tens of billions, in addition to entering into direct partnerships with the countries of the Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

Researcher Hani Al-Jamal explained: “In addition to Turkey being one of the most important strategic partners of the Israeli entity and the entity’s opening of Turkish airspace to Israel is the simplest evidence of this, the partnership between Turkey and Israel serves Tel Aviv, as it reflects positively on the Turkish economy.”

T/ Satt.