Israeli strike on Iran not likely, would cause ‘regional apocalypse,’ Turkish PM says
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Israeli strike on Iran not likely, would cause ‘regional apocalypse,’ Turkish PM says

Erdoğan says US elections may be to blame for world's inaction on Syria

Ilan Ben Zion, a reporter at the Associated Press, is a former news editor at The Times of Israel. He holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University and an Honors Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, Jewish Studies, and English.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. (photo credit: Image capture from CNN interview)
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. (photo credit: Image capture from CNN interview)

War with Iran “would be tormenting for Israel” and would cause “an apocalypse in the entire region,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Wednesday night.

Erdoğan stated, however, that an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities is “a very null probability” and that he does not believe Israel would launch a unilateral attack.

“I’m sure that I don’t want to see anything like that happening in the region because in this day and age, [the Middle East] needs peace and prosperity and stability,” the prime minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Regarding the increasingly violent, 19-month civil war in Syria, Erdoğan equated the “merciless slaughter” of the Syrian people by President Bashar Assad to genocidal mass murders perpetrated in the Bosnian and Kosovo Wars in the 1990s. He called on the international community to establish a no-fly zone or buffer zone in order to prevent a Srebrenica-like massacre.

The international community’s failure to intervene in Syria was the fault of the United States, which has not offered anything but nonlethal support for Syrian rebels, he said.

“Right now, there are certain things being expected from the United States. The United States had not yet catered to those expectations,” Erdoğan said.

“Maybe it’s because of the elections — maybe it’s because of the pre-election situation in the States. [That] might be the root cause of the lacking of initiative. Nobody has spoken to us about their reasons, and they are not obliged to state anything,” he added.

Erdoğan called Assad a “politically… deceased person” who has been “following in the footsteps of his father” and is “threatening the future of Syria.”

The Syrian regime’s cache of weapons of mass destruction, and the possibility that they may fall into the hands of terrorist organizations, pose the greatest threat to Turkish and regional security, Erdoğan said.

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