Former Turkish Prime Minister Criticizes Erdogan Following Iran's Attack on Israel

"While all capitals have stated their positions, only Ankara remained silent and passive."- Davutoglu said.

by Sead Dedovic
Former Turkish Prime Minister Criticizes Erdogan Following Iran's Attack on Israel
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Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is disappointed with Turkey's response after Iran attacked Israel. Turkey did not react following the Iranian attack, which raised questions among some important political and military figures in Turkey. There are mixed reactions worldwide regarding Iran's attack on Israel, but condemning messages towards Iran largely prevail, with fears of escalating conflict and a new world war. 

Davutoglu primarily focuses on Turkey and the US. In a letter published by Iranian news agencies, Davutoglu emphasized that the US must exert pressure on Israel. Davutoglu calls on Turkish leaders to establish bilateral crisis relations.

"It should be demanded from the USA to exert pressure on Israel. The Turkish airspace should be closed for all flights to Israel. It is necessary for Turkey to establish bilateral crisis coordination with Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Lebanon," -Davutoglu said!

Davutoglu is disappointed with the behavior of Turkish leaders and politicians, who did not express their stance on Iran's attack on Israel at a time when the whole world reacted. He suspects that there was a prepared statement, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took concrete actions and prevented such a statement from seeing the light of day. Erdogan is known as a determined critic of Israel and their actions since the beginning of the conflict, disappointed by the massacres that Israelis committed in Palestine. The Turkish leader has been calling on the world to react from day one, but it seems that there is little willingness on the part of Western countries to truly prevent this chaos.

"This has been a long night for our region and the world. While all capitals have stated their positions, only Ankara remained silent and passive. No statement was issued nor was a crisis meeting held during the night. I think there are two possibilities. First, that the institutions prepared a statement but did not receive approval from President Erdogan." Davutoglu continued.

Ahmet Davutoglu
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Davutoglu is not satisfied with the behavior of the Turkish leader, from whom he did not expect to silently observe what is happening and refrain from sharing his opinion.

He explained that the President refrained from making statements that might anger influential groups in Washington before his trip to the United States. Davutoglu suggested that if this explanation holds true, it worsens the situation. He argued against Turkey altering its position on regional matters to meet the demands of another global power, emphasizing that doing so would damage Turkey's prestige and influence. Davutoglu concluded by stressing the dangers of adopting a passive approach to foreign policy.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still hasn't shown his stance regarding Iran's attack on Israel, but he did criticize Israel's attacks in a letter addressed to Pope Francis a few days ago. He emphasized the world need to prevent future violations of rights in Gaza. He is disappointed with the reactions of important figures worldwide who must speak up against the constant bombing of Palestinian schools, hospitals, and mosques by Israel.

Erdogan stressed the importance of international cooperation in addressing diverse challenges, such as the indiscriminate Israeli assaults in Gaza and the continuing global impact of the Ukrainian war. He emphasized the need for concerted action from the international community to address these issues effectively.

Erdogan criticizes the situation in the world, specifically in Ukraine

The Turkish president is not only concerned about the situation in Gaza but also about the situation in Ukraine, which could lead to even greater problems worldwide. Although the focus shifts from day to day, sometimes on Ukraine and sometimes on Palestine, depending on the situation, it is essential for the stance to be identical towards both wars, aiming to stop the conflict both in Ukraine and in Gaza. These are Erdogan's intentions, as he does not want to see a state of war in the coming years.

Erdogan emphasized the need for an independent and sovereign Palestinian State within the borders of 1967, with east Jerusalem serving as its capital. This state, according to Erdogan's stance, should be geographically integrated and be recognized as an equal member of the international community.

It's hard to expect that Erdogan's desires will become reality, but at this moment there is optimism that the war in Palestine will end, at least soon. This situation is not beneficial to anyone, especially considering the number of civilian casualties. Living in such horror in the 21st century is unacceptable, so it's crucial that leaders worldwide realize the seriousness of this situation. We don't want to witness such scenes in the 21st century, as we should strive for progress rather than regression. The scenes in Palestine indicate that we still have much to learn, considering that the war has been ongoing for several months with no concrete actions in sight.