Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the time has come when an international protection force should be sent to Palestine to protect the civilian population from Israeli attacks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a highly charged diplomatic effort to encourage the international community to come up with a strong response to Israel and hold the Zionist state accountable for committing large-scale violence and human rights abuse against Palestinians.  

Under Erdogan's leadership, Turkey continues to mobilise all relevant international institutions, especially the United Nations and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, to support Palestine and teach Israel a "deterrent lesson".

In the past few days, President Erdogan held phone calls with the heads of states and governments of nearly 20 countries, which include Palestine, Russia, Qatar, Pakistan, Kuwait and Algeria.

President Erdogan invited the leaders he talked with to take effective action together against Israel's attacks on Masjid Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem, Gaza and all the Palestinians.

In this direction, according to the Turkish government's latest press release, the president made his first contact with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas Political Bureau.

Since May 8, as the Israeli attacks on Palestinians started, President Erdogan has discussed the issue with the following leaders of the world: Russian president Vladimir Putin, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, King of Malaysia Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Ersin Tatar, President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik and former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad.

What was discussed during the phone calls? 

During his talks, the Turkish president described the attacks of Israel as “[acts of] terror” and expressed the harshest condemnation of the persecution of Palestinian Muslims.

President Erdogan said that they are taking initiatives at all levels to mobilize the entire world, especially the Islamic world, to stop the terror and occupation carried out by Israel. He reaffirmed that Turkey will remain as a supporter of the Palestinian cause and keep standing with its Palestinian brothers. The Turkish president also said that Turks will continue to protect the glory of Jerusalem. 

Pointing out that the main target of Israel's lawlessness and inhumane attacks is essentially all Muslims, the president also noted that the importance of working together for the immediate cessation of Israel's attacks. Erdogan said that the international community's strong and deterrent response as well as concrete steps against illegal practices and support for Palestine are necessary. 

Erdogan said it was important for the United Nations Security Council to intervene in the issue before the crisis grows further, and the idea of sending an international protection force to the region to protect Palestinian civilians should also be worked on.

In addition, in accordance with the instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Presidency of Religious Affairs organized an “emergency Jerusalem meeting” with the agenda of “Masjid Al Aqsa and Jerusalem” with the participation of Religious Affairs Ministers, Presidents and Chief Inspectors of Islamic countries.

During the meeting, a common position was laid out on the protection of the sanctity of Jerusalem and the cessation of the persecution of Palestinian Muslims.

Source: TRT World