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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Erdogan Claims: Israel Will Target Turkey Next

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on Wednesday, May 15, that Israel would “set its sights” on Turkey if it succeeded in defeating Hamas in the Gaza Strip, French media reported.

“Do not think that Israel will stop in Gaza,” Erdogan told his party lawmakers in the parliament in the capital Ankara. “Unless it’s stopped... this rogue and terrorist state will set its sights on Anatolia sooner or later,” he added, referring to the Turkish peninsula also called Asia Minor that comprises more than half of Turkey’s territory.

“We will continue to stand by Hamas, which fights for the independence of its own land and which defends Anatolia,” stated Erdogan.

Erdogan has increased his verbal attacks on Israel since the start of the war in Gaza on October 7. In one speech, the Turkish President said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “committed one of the greatest atrocities of this century in Gaza and has already put his name down in history as the butcher of Gaza.”

Further, the Turkish Trade Ministry recently said it had suspended all export and import operations with Israel due to what it described as its “aggression against Palestine in violation of international law and human rights.” In response, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has decided to raise the import duty rate on goods imported from Turkey to 100% and will bring the decision for government approval. (INN / VFI News)