Erdogan: Netanyahu government endangering region ‘to extend its political life’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel should not be allowed to “get away” with alleged crimes committed in Gaza.

In an address Tuesday to a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Doha, Erdogan also accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is entangled in legal troubles, of putting the entire region in danger for his alleged political survival.

“The Netanyahu administration is endangering the security and future of our entire region in order to extend its political life,” Erdogan said in televised comments.

“The loss of life of 17,000 Palestinians, mostly children and women, is a crime against humanity and a war crime. Israel should not get away with these crimes,” he adds, citing an even higher toll than Hamas’s claim of over 15,800 dead.

Hamas does not differentiate between civilian and combatant deaths, but says 70% of the dead were women and children. Its numbers cannot be confirmed and likely include those killed by rocket misfires from within the Strip.

A vocal critic of Israel’s actions in Gaza, Erdogan has repeatedly called for Netanyahu to be put on trial for alleged war crimes.

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