December 10, 2023

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has once again criticized Israel, calling it a “terror state” and accusing it of committing war crimes and violating international law in Gaza. He also reiterated his stance that Hamas is not a terrorist organization and called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to disclose whether Israel possesses nuclear weapons. Erdogan’s comments come after similar statements he made following the October 7 massacre. Turkey had previously recalled its ambassador to Israel in response to the Israeli operation in Gaza. It is reported that Hamas officials have sought refuge in Turkey and other Middle Eastern countries, with top political and diplomatic officials of the organization living and operating outside of the Gaza Strip.