Facts about Erdogan’s claims, hypocrisy regarding his support for Palestinian cause

Turkey's apparent hypocrisy vis-à-vis support for Palestinians continues. Despite his statements and threats to Israel, economic relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv continue to develop, as well as an agreement to relocate Gazans to Northern Kurdistan and Cyprus under Turkish auspices.

Facts about Erdogan’s claims, hypocrisy regarding his support for Palestinian cause
12 December 2023   11:15

A report revealed that the Turkish occupying state, Qatar, Hamas and Israel are seeking to relocate Gazans to Northern Kurdistan and Cyprus, as economic relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv continue to develop.

According to the report, the Turkish occupying state is organizing resettlement of up to 250 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip in Northern Kurdistan and Northern Cyprus occupied by Turkey.

This plan, detailed in a Defence & Four Affairs report, refers to a coordinated effort involving Turkey, Qatar, Hamas and Israel.

The report drew attention to cooperation between Turkey, Qatar, Hamas and Israel, highlighting the far-reaching strategic consequences for the eastern Mediterranean.

The report reveals extensive consultations between Turkish and country intelligence services and Hamas officials. These discussions, which focus on the protracted crisis in Gaza, include a plan accepted by Israel to relocate a large number of Palestinians from Gaza to other countries, with a view to reshaping geopolitical dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean, as part of a strategic redistribution of the population across sensitive political borders.

Central to this plan is Turkey's intention, coordinated by the Turkish Intelligence Service, to resettle between 200 thousand and 250 thousand Palestinians from Gaza in areas of Northern Kurdistan. Furthermore, a large part of these refugees are to be resettled in the occupied north of Cyprus, particularly in the Famagusta region.

As the report indicates, this plan serves Turkey's multiple strategic purposes. First, it places Turkey as an actor in the Muslim world, supported by a "special fund" for Palestinians. Secondly, resettlement in the occupied north of Cyprus implies recognition of Turkey's unilaterally declared Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is currently recognized only by Turkey.

In addition, Turkey's actions are intertwined with aspirations to normalize relations with Israel. By relocating a large number of Palestine refugees to Turkey, it hoped to reduce the pressure faced by Israel owing to the growing Palestinian population in Gaza and was in line with Israel's intentions to relocate Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, indicating the coordination of strategic geostrategic movements between the two countries.

Furthermore, Turkey's broader blueprint includes the establishment of an international body through the United Nations, led by Turkey, to oversee a multi-level peace initiative to resolve the Palestinian issue, according to the report.

This initiative reflects Turkey's stated intention to act as a guarantor of the Palestinian side and to position it as a key player. The plan includes the establishment of an international system of security and governance in the Gaza Strip under Turkey's leadership and effective pressure on the international community, in particular the European Union, to recognize and fund the resettlement programme. This move further underscores Turkey's strategic objective of expanding its influence and diplomatic reach in the eastern Mediterranean.

The report also highlights the current situation in the occupied north of Cyprus, which hosts various "Islamic" cells and provides a financial and operational base for "Islamic extremist" organizations. The proposed resettlement of Palestinians, along with the ongoing clandestine operations of banks of countries such as Iran and North Korea, add complexity to the region's already sensitive political and security landscape.

This strategic step by Turkey, if implemented, significantly change the demographic and political dynamics of the eastern Mediterranean and reshaping Turkey's relations with its regional neighbours, the European Union and the wider international community, it is one of the biggest evidence that Turkey's occupying state is seeking to have a significant foothold in the region ", even at the expense of displacement of Palestinians and changing the demographic of the region.

Another evidence of Erdogan's lying and hypocrisy is his lack of seriousness in the economic boycott of Israel, for fear of any substantial actions aimed at economic relations with Tel Aviv.

Since the Hamas operation on 7 October, Erdogan has tried to present himself as one of Gaza's most solidarity with the Arab and Islamic Republicans, through his rhetorical statements.

Nevertheless, Turkey's trade with Israel currently totals about $7 billion annually. Reports indicate that the volume of trade between the parties has grown since AKP took over the rule year after year. and covers a wide range of goods and services exported by Turkey. Among the various items listed are $1 billion worth of iron and steel that are included in the construction of Israel's apartheid wall. (in cooperation with Turkish construction companies), some $560 million in vehicles and $360 million in machinery.

While Turkish Airlines has suspended flights between Istanbul and Tel Aviv since October 7, press reports said that Turkish airlines on average operated at least 80 weekly flights between the two countries, as well as the large number of Israeli tourists visiting Turkey annually.

The "anti-Israel" Erdogan rhetoric provides Turkey's occupying state with a way to distract the Turkish people from their daily suffering from the catastrophic economic situation. Consumer inflation, unemployment and poverty levels have reached record levels, and the Turkish lira has fallen dramatically, with the US dollar now standing at about twenty-nine Turkish pounds.

Erdogan also seeks to divert public attention away from the deteriorating economic situation at home, while his pro-Hamas speech supports his false image of being pro-Palestinian and, in the short term, could help him succeed in the country's forthcoming 2024 local elections, with Erdogan hoping to regain control of major cities, most notably Istanbul and Ankara.

In this context, a video about Turkey sending underwear to Israeli soldiers recently went viral, with activists circulating a video showing the import of heating clothes made in Turkey by the Israeli military.

The Israeli channel "Kan" also reported that a Turkish vessel from Turkey had docked in the port of Haifa, carrying approximately 4,500 tons of vegetables and fruits, where tomatoes accounted for 80 per cent of the shipment.

Imports were a step towards closing the shortage of agricultural production suffered by Israel as a result of damage to many agricultural areas during the current war.

T/ Satt.