Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cursed the Austrian government for raising the Israeli flag over its residence. Erdogan, in a speech after a cabinet meeting on Monday, criticized Western powers for their lack of response to the violence between Israel and the Palestinians, singling out Austria and the United States, Reuters reported.
вЂњI curse Austria. Apparently, Austria is trying to make Muslims pay for the genocide of Jews committed by it, вЂњ the Turkish leader said very emotionally, accusing the Austrian government of not being interested in the deaths of Palestinians during the escalation of violence in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
Earlier, a spokesman for the Turkish president said that this вЂњ act of the Austrian Chancellor encourages Israel to continue its attacks on the Palestinians.вЂќ
Personally, Erdogan criticized US President Joe Biden, accusing him of вЂњwriting history with his bloody handsвЂќ after reports of a multimillion-dollar sale of weapons to Israel by his administration. Erdogan was referring to reports that the Biden administration approved the sale of $735 million worth of weapons to Israel.
вЂњNow, unfortunately, you (Biden) with your bloody hands are writing the story of this event, (in which) Gaza was attacked with disproportionate force, which led to the death of thousands of people,вЂќ Erdogan said. вЂњYou made us say that.вЂќ
The Turkish president also expressed the opinion that Jerusalem should be governed by an international commission consisting of representatives of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Erdogan, who has been conducting telephone diplomacy to try to end the violence, said he raised the issue during a conversation with Pope Francis.