Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has labeled Israel a “terror state,” intensifying his criticism of the Israeli offensive in Gaza.

 He accused Israel of conducting the “most treacherous attacks in human history” with unwavering support from the West. Erdogan urged the International Court of Justice in The Hague to try Israeli leaders for war crimes and reiterated Turkey’s stance that Hamas is a political party, not a terrorist organization.

During a speech to members of his Justice and Development Party, Erdogan condemned those openly supporting Israel’s actions, specifically pointing to the United States and other Western allies. He characterized the situation as a genocide and demanded that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disclose whether Israel possesses nuclear weapons, predicting Netanyahu’s imminent departure from office.

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Erdogan announced plans for Ankara to designate Israeli settlers in occupied Palestinian territories as “terrorists.” In response, Netanyahu rejected moral lectures from Erdogan, emphasizing Turkey’s support for “the terrorist state Hamas.”

The Turkish leader’s rhetoric escalated following Hamas attacks on southern Israel, resulting in a death toll of around 1,200, mostly civilians, according to Israeli officials. Health officials in Gaza reported more than 11,300 casualties, including over 4,000 children.

As tensions heightened, Turkey recalled its ambassador to Israel, severing official contacts with Netanyahu. Israel, in turn, announced a reassessment of relations with Ankara and recalled its diplomatic staff from Turkey and other regional countries for security reasons.

Erdogan’s comments came just before a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who faced criticism for receiving the Turkish leader. Germany, despite backing Israel, opposed an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza, with Scholz advocating for “humanitarian pauses” instead.

Sources from Aljazeera.

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