Representatives of “Israel” who attended the United Nations General Assembly in person walked out of the hall during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s address that included a harsh criticism of “Israel”.
The Turkish leader censured “Israel’s” policies towards Palestine as “oppression, violence and intimidation for more than half a century” in a pre-recorded speech that was aired to the attendees of the Assembly.
Israeli ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, left his seat and proceeded to walk out after hearing his remarks.
Footage of the walkout was later distributed by “Israel’s” mission, along with a statement from Erdan who said:
“Erdogan continues to spout anti-Semitic and false statements against Israel. It is important that the world recognizes the double moral standard he has lived by for many years.”
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In addition to lauding the Palestinian people for not bowing down in the face of adversity inflicted by “Israel”, President Erdoğan said that “the order of occupation and oppression in Palestine, which is the bleeding wound of humanity, continues to hurt consciences.”
President Erdoğan added:
“The dirty hand that reaches the privacy of Jerusalem, where the sacred places of the three great religions coexist, is constantly increasing its audacity.”
President Erdoğan also dismissed the Trump peace plan as a “document of surrender” that was imposed on Palestine under the name of ‘Deal of the Century’. President Erdoğan vowed that “Turkey will not support any plan that the Palestinian people do not give consent to.”
He also made a subtle reference to the Gulf states – including the UAE and Bahrain – who have recently normalised their relations with “Israel”.
“Participation of some countries of the region in this game does not mean anything beyond serving Israel’s efforts to erode basic international parameters. Countries that have declared their intention to open embassies in Jerusalem, in violation of the United Nations resolutions and international law, only serve to make the conflict more complicated with their actions.”
President Erdoğan further stressed that “the Palestinian conflict can only be resolved with the establishment of an independent, sovereign, and contiguous Palestine based on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
“Seeking solutions other than this are in vain, one-sided, and unjust.”