Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked Israel once again on Sunday, suggesting his country’s ties with the Jewish state may never be normalized.
Erdogan, who was speaking in an interview on CNN, said, “For the time being, I can clearly and frankly state that the relations between Israel and Turkey have been broken on the basis of an issue that is being raised by Israel, which began when the flotilla bearing humanitarian aid was trying to get to Gaza.”
He added that the flotilla “had passengers from 33 different countries and was attacked both from the sea and the air. At the end of these attacks, nine Turkish citizens died. One of them is an American citizen of Turkish descent and the American citizen’s rights have not been defended by the United States.”
Erdogan, who was referring to the incident on the Mavi Marmara in 2010, failed to mention that the IHH terrorists onboard the Marmara, who called themselves ‘peace activists,’ attacked the IDF soldiers with clubs and knives and attempted to kidnap them.
“We’ve demanded they apologize, pay compensation, and eliminate the embargo on Gaza once and for all,” he said. “If these demands are not met, relations between Turkey and Israel will never become normal again. We have nothing against the people of Israel, but against the attitude adopted by the administration of Israel.”
Erdogan didn’t stop there and also blamed Israel for “killing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.”
“They (Israel) say that Palestine is bombing and disturbing the people of Israel, and many Israelis have been killed,” he said. “I would like to see accurate statistics of how many Israelis have been killed by the bombs thrown by Palestinians or with the rockets that were launched by them, 10, 20, 100, 200, how many? Please document it. Let us know.”
“But on the other hand,” added Erdogan, “we know that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were killed. Only as a result of the Gaza attack, thousands of people were killed. These are very clear remarks. The Israeli people are only resorting back to the issue of genocide in history.”
The Turkish Prime Minister said that “if you want normalization, you have to take certain steps to restore peace and stop causing unrest. Israel possesses nuclear bombs. Israel possesses heavy weaponry. Israel possesses phosphorous bombs and weapons of mass destruction. What is it they don’t have?”
“They have it all, but I might ask you the same question -- what does Palestine possess? How do you think Palestine is capable of killing as many Israeli people as claimed? Let’s stop deceiving each other because the human race will no longer be deceived. Everybody knows what Israel is about.”
Erdogan has taken every possible opportunity to slam Israel ever since his country cut off diplomatic ties with Israel. Turkey chose to do so after the UN’s Palmer Report on the flotilla concluded that Israel faces a real threat to its security from militant groups in Gaza and determined that Israel’s naval blockade on the region was imposed as a legitimate security measure.
Last week, Erdogan gave a speech in the United Nations in which he accused Israel of failing to comply with 89 UN resolutions and claimed that the Israeli leadership “buries peace.”