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Erdogan condemns silence of Western powers as Israeli jets continue to pound Gaza

ANKARA, Turkey: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Israeli aggression against Palestinian and called on leaders of Muslim countries to help resolve the conflict.

He criticised Western powers for their lack of response to the violence between Israel and Palestinians, singling out Austria and the United States, which he said was “writing history with bloody hands”.

Erdogan has been vocal often in the recent past, the Turkish president has called Israel a “terrorist state” and “immoral”. Erdogan has been condemning attacks by the Israeli army. The United States recently reacted by condemning Erdogan’s remarks.

Erdogan, a vocal defender of the Palestinians, has contacted world leaders in the past week, calling for solid action against Israel as the fiercest regional hostilities in years show no sign of abating.

On Tuesday, Erdogan lashed out at Austria for hoisting Israeli flags on government buildings in Vienna. “I curse the Austrian state,” the Turkish president said.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who is firmly pro-Israel, had called the move a mark of solidarity amid the clashes.

Despite the many harsh words Erdogan regularly directs at Israel, talks have recently become more frequent again. Trade is also on the rise, with exports to Israel increasing steadily in recent years.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, Erdogan criticised US President Joe Biden’s approval of weapons sales to Israel.

“You are writing history with your bloody hands in this incident that is a serious disproportionate attack on Gaza, which is leading to the martyrdom of hundreds of thousands of people,” he said.

In an address to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which includes 56 Muslim countries, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu emphasised Turkey’s status as a role model.

“The Islamic community (Ummah) expects leadership from us,” he said. What he meant was taking consistent action against the Israeli government, which, according to the Turkish foreign minister, is forging ahead with “ethnic, religious and cultural cleansing.”