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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused Israel of deliberately striking Gaza ahead of the elections in both 2008 and today, but urged that “the conditions of 2012 are different than they were in 2008.” He also called for an immediate cease-fire to be observed.

“Israel also attacked Gaza in 2008 prior to elections. Now elections are coming again and it is doing the same thing” Erdoğan told a Turkish-Egyptian Business Forum in Cairo today.

“I am calling on [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu. We are not in 2008. We are in 2012 and conditions are different than 2008. Make your calculations correctly,” Anatolia news agency quoted him as saying.

Call for immediate truce

Erdoğan reiterated that a cease-fire should be declared immediately. “I’m calling on Israel and Gaza to provide a cease-fire immediately, within 24 hours. Extending the situation won’t bring anything to either side,” he said.

He criticized Western powers for wanting to pull the Arab world to pieces. “While Israel is attacking and sabotaging the peace, there will be no security or stability for any country in the region,” he said.

Erdoğan said Turkey wished to see a cease-fire declared in Gaza immediately, while Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi told him that there were “some indications” a ceasefire could be reached soon, but said he had no firm guarantees.

“The party using disproportionate force is obvious,” Erdoğan said in a press conference with Morsi following the meeting of Turkey-Egypt High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Cairo on Nov. 17, according to Reuters. “Humanity will not forgive this if sovereign countries defend injustice under the guise of preserving Israel and its security,” he said.

“This hypocrisy should end. These double standards should end,” Erdoğan said.

“I had a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the issue. I asked them to convince Israel and to give an important assurance. Israel did not accord with the previous Cairo ceasefire agreement, and I told them that this could not be repeated again.” Erdoğan also met the Arab League’s Secretary General Nabil Elaraby and Qatar’s Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani yesterday, in order to discuss the situation in Gaza.

November/18/2012

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Blue Beyond

11/19/2012 6:10:08 AM

Mr. Fai, Canada and the U.S. support Israel because of an identity of interests and culture. By the way, Canada does not have a President. The head of state is the British Queen. The head of government is a Prime Minister. Should we assume that, really, you don't know very much at all.

ilker avni

11/19/2012 5:07:42 AM

I find it amuseing that Arab comments regarding Erdogan and Turkey,yes i agree the big man should give justice to his own people first,he should practice what he preaches.But the thought of Turkey wageing a war on behalf of Arabs,well i just crack up.Dream on i say.Turkey has its own problems with terroists,that are backed by our frends the Iranians.Iran and Turkey are on a sticky road and it could get a lot worse if Turkey invades Syria. or if Israel attacks Syria.The ME only needs a spark.

Ismail Hijazi

11/18/2012 11:17:38 PM

Will this call for justice include holding to account all those leaders who are issuing orders for indiscriminate shelling and targeting of civilian areas with missiles??

Tekion Particle

11/18/2012 9:45:26 PM

What conditions are different? Would Mr Erdogan care to elaborate? Israel killing innocent people and Hamas making it happen. It makes me think that, perhaps, Hamas is financed by the right wing liquid government to keep them in power. Mr Erdogan is correct on one point though, there is certainly a marked correlation between Israel's attacks on Gazza and approaching elections.

Jobs jon

11/18/2012 7:50:54 PM

Many people write nasty comments here about the two sites. Whichever position you take, left, right or centre, the bottom line is the Israeli Devil Forces (IDF) has to stop butchering innocent people that is at. The US and European hypocrite politicians have to realize that they are having blood of innocent women and children in their hands.

Uri D.

11/18/2012 7:24:20 PM

It is shame that Erdogan support Hamas terrorists that conduct war crime of firing hundreds of rockets on children and woman, war crimes. Turkey deserves better.

Sami Soulima

11/18/2012 7:10:33 PM

Turkey is a cowardly country that is so scared of Iran that it does everything to try to be respectful to Hizbullah and Iran and Hamas. Gaza is an Iranian base and the Turkish Prime Minister can't stop blowing kisses to these killers. Turkey is an extreme Jihad supporter. This will end the farce that it is a secular state.

mara mcglothin

11/18/2012 4:56:35 PM

Yet another occasion for the PM to show off his blustering boorish behavior! Doesn't he make all of Turkey proud?

abubakir nur

11/18/2012 4:44:27 PM

Many comments such as above are full of venom.Perhaps gaza civilians feel different. Being bombarded by a murderous army.GENOCIDE is the apt term. In this atrocity murder is murder .Mr Erdogan is correct in his stance, period! Mr Erdogan stands out amongst most other Muslim leaders in his condemnation of this inhumane offensive.

Sparks

11/18/2012 4:34:07 PM

Gaza is a base for Iran and the Morsi Muslim Brotherhood is closing an eye. Iran supplies weapons to this terrorist organisation Hamas. Those terrorists were and are invited by the Turkish PM while others are locked up in several Turkish prisons. Hamas started the shootings and using the free Iranian supplies.. So Israel did a good job by blowing them out of their caves. Only the Turkish PM is backing the wrong horse as he did before in other circumstances.
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