(CTN News) – Turkiye has rejected the proposal to establish a post-war buffer zone in Gaza, as it would be seen as disrespectful towards the Palestinians, according to President Tayyip Erdogan.
Last week, Reuters reported that Israel had shared this plan with several Arab states and Turkiye. Erdogan, speaking to reporters during a flight from Doha, emphasized that the governance and future of Gaza after the war should be determined solely by the Palestinians.
He expressed his opinion, stating that the mere discussion of this buffer-zone plan is seen as a form of disrespect towards his Palestinian counterparts. According to him, this plan is not open for debate, consideration, or discussion from their perspective.
Turkey has strongly criticized Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Unlike most of its NATO allies and some Arab states, Turkey does not consider Hamas a terrorist group.
According to Erdogan, Israel has become “the favored child of the West,” and he blames Western support for Israel for the current situation in the region.
When asked about reports suggesting that Israeli officials are planning to pursue Hamas members in other countries, Erdogan warned that carrying out such an operation in Turkey would have severe consequences.
He declared that if they were to commit such an error, they must be cognizant of the severe repercussions they would encounter.
Erdogan also mentioned that Turkey and Qatar are willing to contribute to the reconstruction of Gaza, and Turkey is prepared to act as a guarantor or host a peace conference.