Turkiye will continue to strive for an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza and a lasting cease-fire, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on his return to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday.
"Ankara has stated from the very beginning that it wants a permanent ceasefire in Gaza rather than a humanitarian break, and the situation that has developed as a result of Israel's lawless approach has once again shown that we were right in our concerns. But we do not lose hope, we will eventually achieve peace," Erdogan said.
Referring to last month's Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Riyadh, Erdogan said that while Islamic countries were focusing on Gaza and the Palestinian issue, they were also coming together and taking care of the problems of the peoples of the region.
The Turkish president noted that the proposal for a two-state solution in Gaza is now supported by European countries.
“We have brought our interlocutors to a point where they will not discuss Gaza in an environment where there is no two-state solution. We have seen that some of the European countries understand our position and have begun to embrace our arguments," Erdogan stated.
Drawing attention to the application by nearly 3,000 Turkish lawyers to the International Criminal Court in The Hague in the Netherlands to prosecute Israel, Erdogan said that they will do their best to ensure that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his team receive the necessary punishment.
"We hope that these genocidaires, these butchers of Gaza who were caught red-handed, especially Netanyahu, will receive the necessary punishment. We hope that justice will be served with the verdict. Turkiye wants all Israeli leaders who have a share in the genocide in Gaza to be tried and punished," he emphasized.
Erdogan said that he was asked about Hamas again during a meeting with the Jewish Community during his visit to the United States about 20 years ago and emphasized that his thoughts then were the same as they are now.
"Hamas is not a terrorist organization. They are just people who continue their struggle on the handful of land they have been able to hold from 1947 until now. I am in the same place right now. I can never accept Hamas as a terrorist organization, no matter what anyone says," Turkish President stated.
"Hamas is first and foremost a reality in Palestine, it is a political party there, and as a political party, it entered the elections and won," he added.
Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.
While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 14,500 people, including 5,000 children, and 3,500 women. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.
The administration said the number of missing persons crossed 6,000, with most of them suspected of lying under the rubble of the fallen buildings.
It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.
In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 52 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.
Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.