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Erdogan criticizes Israel’s ‘oppressive’ treatment of Palestinians

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a press conference at the presidential palace, in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 17, 2021. (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a press conference at the presidential palace, in Ankara, Turkey, Nov. 17, 2021. (Burhan Ozbilici/AP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Israel of “oppressive” policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians, including the alleged forced displacement of residents in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to local media reports.

“We must work with all our might to preserve the status and sanctity of Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine. The main thing is the establishment of lasting peace and stability on the basis of a two-state solution and established international parameters,” he says.

Erdogan also says continued dialogue with Israel is in Turkey’s interest, and calls for the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

The comments come after high-level conversations between Erdogan and Israeli leaders, following the release of an Israeli couple, Mordy and Natali Oknin, who had been arrested in Turkey and detained for eight days for photographing Erdogan’s palace.

The government specifically thanked Erdogan for his role in setting them free and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and President Isaac Herzog both held calls with the Turkish leader.

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