Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan compared the Israeli actions in Gaza with the Holocaust on Tuesday and gave a presentation similar to that of the Israeli leader, condemning what he called the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
In a speech to the United Nations General Assembly, attended by world leaders, the Turkish president said the only solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was the “immediate settlement” of a Palestinian state.
“The immediate establishment of an independent Palestinian state with homogeneous territories, on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, is the only solution,” he said. “Any other peace plan will never be implemented.”
Shortly before his speech to the United Nations General Assembly, the President met Turkish citizens in New York, the headquarters of the General Assembly, and compared the assassination of Jews during the Holocaust with “genocide.” committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip.
“When we look at the genocide Nazis committed against Jews, we should look at the massacre happening in the Gaza Strip from the same point of view,” Erdogan is quoted as saying by the Turkish Anadolu news agency.
Erdogan help up to illustrate his point of view, with the Palestinians in green and Israel in white, to show the development of the Israeli border from 1947 to the present.
Erdogan also rejected recognition by the United States of the annexation of the Golan territory in 1981.
“How can the Golan Heights and the West Bank settlements be seized just like other occupied Palestinian territories before the eyes of the world?” Erdogan asked.
He accused the Trump administration of wanting to destroy the Palestinian state with its unprecedented plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s remarks on Israel at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.