Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday pledged to extend more support to the Palestinians a day after Israeli commandos stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in a predawn raid and killed scores of activists, at least four of them are Turkish nationals.
"We will not turn a blind eye on Gaza and stop crying out for the Gazans even if everyone remained silent about them and turned their backs on them," Erdogan told his lawmakers at the Turkish parliament.
Erdogan said the Israeli administration should not be allowed to get away with flotilla raid and it should pay for its actions.
"They have once again showed to the world that they know how good they are at killing people. Israel in no way can legitimize this murder, it cannot wash its hand of this blood," Erdogan said.
"Anyone can condone this unlawful action and even support it sneakingly. But do not mistake Turkey for other countries. Otherwise the costs will be huge," Erdogan said.
Erdogan urged the Israeli people to say "stop" to their government's aggressions or risk their own security.
"It is damaging your country's image by conducting banditry and piracy. It is damaging interests of Israel and your peace and safety. It is the Israeli people who must stop the Israeli government in the first place" Erdogan said.
"No country can ensure the security of its people by drawing hatred and enmity of the entire world. An administration which does not care about anyone but only its own people, could have no concern about peace," Erdogan said.
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