“We will continue to support our Palestinian sisters and brothers in their rightful cause until the very end”

“We will continue to support our Palestinian sisters and brothers in their rightful cause until the very end”

Speaking at the Ümraniye District Congress of AK Party, President Erdoğan said: “Israel will get trapped under the oppression it inflicts in Palestine. We will continue to support our Palestinian sisters and brothers in their rightful cause until the very end.”

President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at the Ümraniye District Congress of the Justice and Development (AK) Party in Istanbul.


Pointing out that as Turkey and the Turkish nation, they are experiencing extremely critical days, President Erdoğan underlined that on the one hand they are struggling to boost Turkey in fields of economy, industry and diplomacy and on the other hand they are waging an intense fight inside and outside Turkey’s borders against terrorist organizations that target Turkey.

Emphasizing that with Operation Euphrates Shield they dealt a heavy blow to the state terror corridor sought to be established along the southern borders of Turkey under the pretext of the fight against DAESH and that they have been conducting Operation Olive Branch for nearly two months, President Erdoğan noted that as of today 3 821 terrorists have been neutralized during the operation.

Mentioning that the operation carried out by the Turkish Armed Forces together with the Free Syrian Army discomforts some circles, President Erdoğan added that no one has expected that Turkey could conduct such a difficult operation in such a short time without harming civilians and civilian enclaves.

Stating that the fact that the destruction in Raqqa and Mosul has not occurred in Afrin disturbs the separatist terror organization as well as certain countries and circles, President Erdoğan noted that he had colorful talks with Western leaders during this process and added: “I told them, ‘You go to your way and we go to ours. If you do not act with your NATO partner but with terrorist organizations, please keep doing that!’”


President Erdoğan continued as follows: “You can host terrorists at Elysée Palace. The other one in Germany also holds welcoming at the palace despite the fact that they are convicted. You can do whatever you want but we will protect our martyrs’ rights in this country until the very end without diverging from the rule of law and will bring those who attack this country’s soil with rockets to account. Those who had constantly bombed the Syrian cities for months until they left them in ruins just do not get our sensitivity that we show for civilians. Therefore, starting from day one they have resorted to many machinations and media manipulations to cast a shadow on our success. They did not hesitate to put the so-called reports of the Syrian extension of the separatist organization, all of which are lies and slanders, into headlines and to promote them at their press conferences as if they were true.”

Pointing out that they, however, stick to the truth and share what really occurs with both the Turkish nation and the international community, President Erdoğan underlined that they refuted the slander that Turkish army had hit a hospital, the very next day after it was flung, with the video footages of unmanned aerial vehicles.


Stressing that he has made phone calls with world leaders almost every day during the operation to inform them about the operation, President Erdoğan said: “We have clearly explained our intention, purpose and goal to our interlocutors. Our explanations are more than enough for everyone who is willing to understand and whose intention is good. It is pretty clear for all parties, which review the issue objectively, why Turkey is in Afrin and why it is conducting this operation. But, no one is as blind as someone who does not want to see. There is nothing to do with the ones who have closed their perceptions to the facts.”

Underlining that Turkey’s purpose in such operations is not invasion but to save the region from bloody-handed gangs, President Erdoğan further stressed: “I call on to France from here: The picture we have witnessed in Afrin, the tunnels that were dug and the ammunition that was stored in the hideouts… You should know that all those tunnels were built with the concrete mixers of French Lafarge and Lafarge’s plant was spotted in the region where the tunnels were dug. What are you talking about and to whom are you talking?”

President Erdoğan added: “Isn’t it this same France that carried out invasion in Libya? Isn’t it this same France that killed 5 million people in Algeria? While this is the case, how dare you attempt to lecture us on civilization? You should first take a look at your own history? There is no such stain or invasion in our history.”


President Erdoğan continued as follows: “Have you ever heard those, who are criticizing Turkey for Afrin operation which is the neatest and the most ethical military operation conducted in recent years, raise any remarkable objection to, for instance, the massacre Israel perpetrated yesterday in Gaza? The number of the people killed has reached almost 20. And the number of injured people has reached nearly one thousand. Where are they? I told Mr. Trump last night, ‘Won’t you intervene in this?’ No one sees these. We, for our part, are not involved in such massacres. The fact that those, who remain silent against Israel’s attack with heavy weapons on people holding demonstrations on their own lands, pin their eyes rather on Turkey is actually the strongest evidence of their insincerity. On this occasion I wish Allah’s mercy upon our Palestinian brothers and sisters who were martyred yesterday in Gaza. I strongly condemn Israeli government for its inhumane attack. Israel will get trapped under the oppression it inflicts in Palestine. The powers behind which it hides can protect Israel today, but I should tell only God knows what tomorrow will bring.”

Stating that they will continue to support the Palestinians in their rightful cause until the very end, President Erdoğan noted that they will also continue to disclose Israeli terror at every opportunity.

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