Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday spoke about the ongoing Israel-Hamas war and said “Shooting hospitals or killing children does not exist in the Torah.”
(The Torah is the compilation of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. It is known as the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses by Christians. It is also known as the Written Torah in Jewish tradition.)
“Look, places of worship are hit, churches are hit, hospitals are hit. But shooting hospitals, killing children, these things are not in the Torah, you can’t do that. It’s not the Declaration of Human Rights, you cannot do it. That’s why we shouldn’t look at the Israel-Palestine war with the psychology of indebtedness.
Speaking further at a joint news conference with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, before the two leaders held private talks, Erdogan suggested Germany supported Israel in the Gaza war out of guilt over the Holocaust.
The Turkish President also drew a contrast with Turkey, which he said was able to speak without bias.
“Those who feel indebted to Israel cannot speak freely. We did not go through the Holocaust process, we don’t have such a situation, because our respect for humanity is different,” the Turkish president said.
“Look, we can talk freely because we don’t owe Israel anything,” Erdogan said.
It is to be noted that Germany has seen an uptick in antisemitism and Islamophobia since the conflict began and has faced criticism for making it hard to hold pro-Palestinian protests, which the government fears might be antisemitic.
During World War Two, Germany systematically killed 6 million Jews and 5 million other victims and its post-war identity is based on deep atonement for the Holocaust. Modern Israel was founded in 1948 as a safe haven for Jews.
On October 7, Hamas terrorists surged into Israel, killing 1,200 and taking some 240 hostages.
In retaliation, Israel invaded Gaza with the goal of eliminating Hamas.
According to the Palestinian authorities, more than 12,000 have so far died in the war.