Turkey – Hamas: Erdogan, Haniyeh Meet in Istanbul

US veto at the UN: Palestinian National Authority wants to “deeply reconsider” bilateral relations with the USA

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey continues to ratchet up tensions with Israel. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that one day “Israel will pay a very high price for the oppression it inflicts on the Palestinians.” Erdogan launched new attacks against the Jewish state during a closed-door meeting on Saturday, April 20, with a Hamas delegation led by Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Palestinian Islamist movement’s political office.

“Turkey will continue to speak out about the massacres in Gaza by any means possible and will work with partners in the international community to creating an independent State of Palestine, which is the key to establishing permanent peace in the region,” Erdogan emphasized, according to a quote in a press release from the Turkish presidential administration, which said that “the talks with Haniyeh centered on new sufficient and continuous humanitarian aid supplies to Gaza, as well as ways to achieve a just and lasting peace in the area.”

Meanwhile, very important information came from Qatar, where Haniyeh held a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan before traveling to Istanbul. According to the Turkish diplomatic chief, “Hamas has made a radical decision and will commit to act solely as a political entity if a Palestinian state is established, demilitarizing its armed wing, the Ezzedin al-Qassam Brigade.”

And while Hamas’s indirect talks with Israel, mediated by the USA, Egypt, and Qatar, on a ceasefire and hostage release have stalled, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has announced its intention to “deeply reconsider bilateral relations with the United States after Washington vetoed Palestine’s request for full membership in the United Nations.” As PNA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) told the Wafa news agency, while “the world agrees with the application of international law and supports Palestinian rights, the United States continues to support the occupation, refusing to force Israel to end its genocidal war.” The USA was the lone vote on the UN Security Council against the proposal, which received 12 votes in favor from Russia, China, France, Japan, South Korea, Ecuador, Algeria, Malta, Slovenia, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, and Guyana, with two delegations, from Switzerland and Britain, abstaining.

From the Palestinian president’s viewpoint, “the United States has violated all international laws and trampled on all promises regarding the two-state solution and peace in the region.”