According to the Turkish president, Israel is among the few nations not signatory to the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. He stressed the significance of this step in balancing strategic interests in the region, and asserted that Turkey would continue to exert pressure on Israel regarding its nuclear capabilities.
Erdogan reiterated that an inspection of Israel's nuclear weapons is crucial, and he expressed his commitment to pursuing this course of action. He called on the international community not to overlook the matter and urged for a thorough investigation. While it is widely believed that Israel maintains a nuclear weapons program, the country neither confirms nor denies its existence.
Erdogan said Ankara will not allow the issue of Israel’s nuclear weapons to be dropped from the global agenda.
Moreover, he called the European support for Israel "the shame of the Holocaust." According to him, the West was trying to vindicate what he said were Israel's war crimes and crimes against humanity in Gaza. Erdogan added that Western countries had a "fraternity of lies" with Israel, which he labeled as "shameful."
"The shame of the Holocaust has literally taken European leaders hostage," he said. "We, as Turkey, will not allow the issue of Israel's nuclear to be forgotten."
Erdogan's call comes in the wake of controversial remarks made by Israeli Heritage Minister Amihai Eliyahu, who suggested the idea of dropping a "nuclear bomb" on Gaza. Following these comments, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended Eliyahu from cabinet meetings.
Tensions between Turkey and Israel have escalated – with Erdogan criticizing Israel's actions in Gaza, branding it a "terror state," and accusing the Israel Defense Forces of committing war crimes against the Palestinians. In response, Netanyahu accused Erdogan of supporting "the terrorist state of Hamas."
The ongoing violence between Israel and Hamas, which erupted on October 7, has resulted in thousands of casualties, primarily among civilians, and has seen both sides engaging in hostilities. Less than two weeks ago, Erdogan called for an international peace conference to address the longstanding conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. (Related: Turkey's Erdogan warns of "spiral of violence" in phone call with Israel's Herzog.)
Speaking at a joint Islamic-Arab summit in Saudi Arabia, Erdogan criticized Israel's actions in Gaza, stating that a permanent solution requires a ceasefire and emphasizing the urgency of the situation. He held bilateral talks with leaders, including Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Erdogan expressed Turkey's readiness to collaborate on providing humanitarian aid and health services to Gaza.
Turkey, which supports a two-state solution, hosts members of Hamas and does not designate it as a terrorist organization, in contrast to the stance of the U.S., the U.K. and some Western nations.
Erdogan stressed that Hamas members defending their homeland should not be equated with occupiers. He emphasized that a permanent resolution hinges on the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders and proposed an international peace conference as the most suitable platform.
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