Erdogan welcomes Gaza pause, condemns Netanyahu as ‘butcher of Gaza’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asserting that he would be historically remembered as ‘the butcher of Gaza’.

Addressing the parliament, Erdogan stated that those offering unconditional support to Netanyahu shared an equal responsibility that would endure in history. He acknowledged the humanitarian pause as a positive step toward reducing bloodshed.

“We view the hostage exchanges and the humanitarian pause that began on Friday as a positive development in terms of a stop of bloodshed even a little bit. We thank all brotherly countries that contributed to the implementation of the agreement,” Erdogan said.

Turkey, a supporter of a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict, has consistently condemned Israel for its ground and air assault on Gaza. Unlike many countries, Turkey does not designate Hamas as a terrorist group.

However, despite its criticism, Turkey has not taken measures to curtail trade or energy ties with Israel, and no major Turkish companies have redirected their businesses in response to the conflict.