According to the reports, Erdogan told members of his ruling Justice and Development Party in parliament on Tuesday that Israel is perpetrating a “massacre” of Palestinians and “is continuing to carry out state terrorism in the region.”
He also questioned the world’s silence on Tel Aviv’s ongoing atrocities in the blockaded enclave, underlining that any normalization in the ties between Israel and Turkey is impossible.
The Turkish premier further slammed Israeli lawmaker Ayelet Shaked for his controversial remarks posted on social media suggesting that the Palestinians deserved to die.
“What’s the difference between this mentality and that of Hitler?” Erdogan asked.
Erdogan is scheduled to meet the president of the Palestinian national unity government, Mahmoud Abbas, in Turkey on Friday.
Israel has been carrying out unrelenting airstrikes against Gazans since July 8. Around 200 people have been killed in the attacks so far with the UN saying most of the casualties are civilians.
Relations between Israel and Turkey soured after Israeli marines stormed a Gaza-bound Turkish ship, Freedom Flotilla in 2010 and killed 10 Turkish nationals.
Erdogan said ties will remain frosty as long as Israel continues its Gaza offensive, noting that Tel Aviv must know that “it is out of the question to normalize our relations if those massacres continue.”
Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.
It is good to mention here that the Israel is accused for using chemical weapons in Gaza attack.
Al-Jazeera revealed while quoting Human Rights group and local Palestinians that white phosphors being used in the air strikes carried out by Israel.