World Turkish President Tayyip Ergodan Tells Vladimir Putin Israel Should be Taught a 'Deterrent Lesson' by Others
Red Cross Asks Gaza, Israel to Engage in Cease-Fire, Even for 'A Couple of Hours'
The head of the Red Cross sub-delegation in Gaza, Mirjam Muller, called for a pause in fighting Thursday to allow for "a breather" so people can shop for food, see a doctor if needed and tend to their needs.The head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Gaza, Mirjam Muller, called for a pause in fighting Thursday to allow for "a breather" so people can shop for food, see a doctor if needed and tend to their needs, the Associated Press reported.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Ergodan told Russian Presidentthat Israel should be given a "strong and deterrent lesson" by the international community for its actions against the Palestinians, the Associated Press reported.
In a statement, the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate said Erdogan and Putin talked on the phone Wednesday. Erdogan stressed the need for "the international community to give Israel a strong and deterrent lesson" and pressed for the U.N. Security Council to rapidly intervene with "determined and clear messages" to Israel. Erdogan also suggested an international protection force to shield the Palestinians.
Turkey: Erdogan wants to deploy anti-Israel ‘international protection force’ to Gaza
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to send “an international protection force” to Gaza to counter Israeli Defense Forces operations against Hamas. © Provided by Washington Examiner “President Erdogan said the international community should also give a strong and deterrent lesson to Israel,” the Turkish president’s communications directorate said in a summary of Erdogan’s latest conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Erdogan previously called Israel a "cruel terrorist state" after the violent clash between Israeli police and Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa mosque.
Relations between Turkey and Israel have been strained since both countries withdrew their ambassadors in 2018 over Israel's crackdown of Palestinians protesting United States President's decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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Meanwhile, thousands of people in Istanbul defied a nationwide coronavirus curfew late on Tuesday to demonstrate against Israel's attacks. A large convoy of cars drove toward the Israeli Consulate, waving Turkish and Palestinian flags. An image of the Palestinian and Turkish flags was projected onto the Israeli building.
Fight Between Progressives and Biden on Israel Just Starting
Israel has finally agreed to a cease-fire, but this month’s violence has sparked a standoff between congressional liberals and President Joe Biden that is just getting started. On Thursday, after an 11-day military campaign, the Israeli Security Cabinet approved a cease-fire after increasing pressure from the international community and, eventually, Biden. But Biden didn’t start out there. At the beginning of the week, the president made it clear he wasn’t calling for a cease-fire so much as saying he’d support one, if Israel reached that decision.
Pakistan has also condemned Israel's actions and called for Muslim nations to stand by the Palestinians.
Prime Minister Imran Khan took to, saying: "We stand with Gaza and Palestine."
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meanwhile urged Muslim nations to unite over Israel's strikes on Palestinian civilian areas.
Protesters were expected to hold a small anti-Israel rally later Wednesday in the southern city of Karachi.
The Gaza Health Ministry marks the death tolls from Israeli airstrikes on Gaza at 43, including 13 children. It said nearly 300 Palestinians in the area have been wounded in the strikes.
The head of Israel's emergency service also says one person was killed and one seriously wounded by an anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip.
Eli Bein of Magen David Adom said the Wednesday morning attack hit a jeep. Israeli media reported the assault. The attack came after a night of deadly exchanges of rocket fire between Israel and Palestinians. It was an abrupt escalation of weeks of tension with roots in disputed Jerusalem.
Putin is looking abroad for an enemy as he feels the heat at home
Amid growing backlash at home, Russian President Vladimir Putin is sending a muscular message abroad.Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and emphasized the US's commitment to the country.
GOP seeks political opening amid tense Israel-Hamas fighting .
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans trying to drive a wedge between Democrats and chip away at President Joe Biden’s support are zeroing in on the violence in the Middle East, laying blame on his administration and aiming to make his liberal critics the face of the party heading into the midterm elections. GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas, both potential White House hopefuls in 2024, have focused in particular on Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and other progressives for criticizing Israel amid an escalating volley of missiles and airstrikes in Hamas-controlled Gaza that has killed hundreds of civilians over the last week.