Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his concerns regarding the international community's response to what he considers Israel's unlawful and indiscriminate attacks on Gaza. On the 78th anniversary of the UN, the Turkish president called for peace and harmony in the world, disappointed by what he had the opportunity to see so far.
He emphasized that humanity faces numerous challenges, including conflicts in Palestine and Ukraine, climate change, hunger, poverty, and Islamophobia. Erdogan further highlighted the ongoing violence in Gaza since October 7, characterizing it as massacres that target civilian settlements, places of worship, hospitals, and schools, even reaching what he labeled as a genocidal level.
He expressed disappointment in the international community's inability to address Israel's illegal and indiscriminate attacks on civilians. The countries of the Western world seem to be 'mute' to what is currently happening in Palestine.
Erdogan calls for a reaction, given that everyone is silent, and the situation is not changing. Israel is still bombing the Gaza Strip.
Erdogan criticizes UN Security Council
Erdogan criticized the UN Security Council for taking a one-sided approach that exacerbates the crisis instead of putting an end to the violence, establishing a ceasefire, and preventing civilian casualties.
Many believe that the UN is hypocritical in this situation. There was almost no concrete reaction from the UN. He argued that an organization that merely observes the collective punishment of the people in Gaza cannot provide hope to humanity or ensure peace and stability.
Additionally, he asserted that UN institutions, including the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), contribute to the dysfunctionality of the UN Security Council. It is clear that many people do not feel peace and security in the world today.
The leaders of the states promise something like that, but the situation in Ukraine and Palestine does not give optimism that there really is peace. Turkey is ready to support Palestine in difficult moments for them. Erdogan is a politician who primarily advocates for peace in the world, and only then for everything else. There is great hope in him that the conflict between Israel and Palestine will see an end.