Erdogan slams Israel over ‘systematic genocide’

ISTANBUL: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday launched his most bitter attack yet against Israel over its air campaign against the Gaza Strip, accusing it of trying to carry out a “systematic genocide” of the Palestinians. Erdogan has intensified his rhetoric against Israel as he presents himself as a leader of the entire Islamic world ahead of August 10 presidential election in Turkey. But in his latest attack, he went even further in comments that could endanger attempts to normalise troubled relations between Israel and Turkey. “This is not the first time we have been confronted by such situations,” Erdogan told a meeting of Islamic scholars gathered in Istanbul for Ramazan. “Since (the creation of the state of Israel) in 1948 we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month. “But above all we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramazan.” “The Western world remains silent, so does the Islamic world. Because those who lost their lives are Palestinian, you can’t hear their voices,” Erdogan added. Erdogan renewed his vehement criticism of the United Nations, which he accused of having no use and pursuing a hidden agenda. “What is the UN doing? Why has it been founded? For world peace? Does it contribute to the world peace? No. They are serving whatever their secret agenda is.” But he also accused other Islamic countries of being indifferent to the fate of the Palestinians, a possible swipe at Saudi Arabia and Egypt with which Ankara has prickly ties. 

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