Wednesday, January 19

Turkish Opposition attacks Erdoğan for signing deal with Israel


 

 

The leaders of political parties in the Turkish Opposition were quick to criticize President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after he signed the reconciliation agreement with Israel. “Are you with your country, with justice or with those Israeli soldiers who killed [Turkish citizens]?” asked the senior level Opposition members.

The Turkish newspaper Sabah reported today (Wednesday) that the Turkish Opposition attacked President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for signing the reconciliation agreement with Israel. The heads of the political parties in the Opposition asked Erdoğan: “Are you with your country, with justice or with those Israeli soldiers who killed [Turkish citizens]?”

Head of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the President and accused him of favoring the interests of the Israeli soldiers above the good of the Turkish citizens.

“Turkey faced an action suitable for a pirate state,” he stated, highlighting that Israel did not apologize for the Mavi Marmara incident.

“Israel is selling Palestinian natural gas to Europe,” claimed Figen Yüksekdağ, an MP on behalf of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). “They are making a deal to market what belongs to orphan children in Palestine.”

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) head Devlet Bahçeli claimed that the deal with Israel contradicts everything Erdoğan has stated about Israel in the recent past. “The President had repeatedly accused Israel of being a terror state,” said Bahçeli. “Israel was killing Gazan children on beaches. Erdoğan was rightfully criticizing this heavily. He said Israel even surpassed Hitler in barbarism.”

Bahçeli added: “This means that the government has been meeting with Israel for years secretly and we were not aware of this.”

The Opposition also attacked Erdoğan over the apology letter he sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Who are you to apologize?” asked the senior level Opposition members. “If you are to represent the Turkish Republic, then do it in a proper way.”