Speaking at a rally in the central Anatolian city of Tokat on Thursday, he criticized the response of Turkey’s opposition presidential candidate to the fierce onslaught by the Israeli military on the Gaza Strip.
Erdogan told his supporters: “Oh God! Israel is bombarding, defenseless people are being killed and a presidential candidate – Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation – says you have to be impartial on the Palestinian issue.
“What kind of an understanding is that? He had the same logic and comprehension during his tenure as the OIC secretary general.”
“My ancestors would go from Malazgirt all the way to Europe, Yemen and Tunisia on horseback, why wouldn’t I care about my neighbors in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Gaza?” he added.
Erdogan referred to the historical Ottoman rule over a vast area from Asia to Europe and Africa, and said that Turkey could not turn a blind eye to the pain and suffering of the people in different countries of the Middle East and elsewhere in the world…