JERUSALEM POST, NEW YORK — In an animated speech to the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke out vehemently against Israel and put the blame for the current Israel-Turkey tension solely on the shoulders of the Israeli government.
Calling Turkish support for the state of Palestine “unconditional,” Erdogan said that “it is necessary to put pressure on Israel to achieve peace.”
”What you face today is not a simple equation of peace for security,” Erdogan said. “You must read the newly flourishing political and human geography in the Middle East,” he stated, adding that a new approach was necessitated by the changing political climate created by the Arab Spring.
Citing the flotilla incident of last year, Erdogan said that Israel “has seriously wronged a country and its people.”
“Israel must apologize, pay compensation to the families of our martyrs, and lift the blockade on Gaza,” Erdogan said.