Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared on Saturday, November 4, that he is cutting off communication with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip. Erdogan had met with Netanyahu in September in New York but announced on October 25 that he was canceling plans to visit Israel, citing Netanyahu's behavior.
Erdogan criticized Israel's response to the Hamas attack, stating that their military actions were inhumane. Following Erdogan's statement, Israel recalled its diplomats from Turkey on October 29. However, Erdogan clarified that Turkey is not severing diplomatic ties with Israel entirely and emphasized the role of Ibrahim Kalin, Director of the Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT), in mediation efforts.
Erdogan placed the main responsibility for the conflicts on Netanyahu and called on him to end the situation, while recalling the Srebrenica genocide.
From the first day of the conflict, Recep Tayyip Erdogan emphasized that Israel must stop, and that what they are doing in Palestine is not humane.
However, no response was forthcoming. The Turkish leader organized protests in Ankara in which he was direct and did not mince words when criticizing Israel's policy. “We will make the calls louder and shout that we stand with the Palestinian people against Israeli oppression.
The increasing Israeli bombing of Gaza, which intensified last night, has once again targeted innocent women, children and civilians, worsening the humanitarian crisis. Israel must immediately emerge from this state of madness and stop the his attacks." Previously, Erdogan called on the citizens of Turkey to show up at the protest and show that they are on the side of Palestine.
The gathering was huge, and it seems that Erdogan has the huge support of his citizens. "I invite all my brothers to join the Great Palestinian Rally today at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport, where we will shout that we are with the Palestinian people, in the face of Israeli tyranny."