Erdogan Inflames Gaza Conflict

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at Cairo University after his meeting with the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi during the first day of his two-day trip to Egypt, November 17, 2012. (photo by REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih )

JERUSALEM — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken his already inflammatory rhetoric to another level. After calling Israel a “terrorist state,” he took direct aim at the US role in the Middle east.

“Leading with the US, all the West talks about a two-state solution,” Erdogan said Tuesday, Nov. 20. “Where is it? They’re working to vacate Palestine in order to surrender it to Israel […] If we’re going to die, we shall do so as men do. This is not justice.”

Erdogan sent Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Gaza today as part of the Arab League’s mission to express solidarity with the Palestinian people. Turkey now demands that the White House officially recognize Hamas as a direct partner and give it assurance on behalf of Israel that if they halt their fire, the Jewish state will do so as well.

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