Erdogan slams Netanyahu, says ‘West Bank belongs to Palestinians’




President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has criticized Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for his election pledge to annex ‘West Bank territory belonging to Palestinians.’

Erdogan also said that everything that Israel has been doing since 1948 violates international law and U.N. resolutions, The dailysabah reported.

“The West Bank belongs to Palestinians, Israel is taking another occupation measure,” Erdoğan told reporters at a news conference in Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport before he headed to Russia for an official trip.

The president noted that Turkey will stand by Palestinians.

Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race.

Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister, but until now refrained from presenting a detailed vision for the West Bank, seen by the Palestinians as the heartland of a future state.

Polls have indicated a close race, though Netanyahu’s Likud Party is expected to have a better chance than Gantz’s Blue and White slate to form a ruling coalition. Polls forecast more than 60 out of 120 parliament seats for the Likud and smaller right-wing and ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties.


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