Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will eventually face war crimes charges in relation to Israel’s current offensive in the Gaza Strip, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, criticizing Western nations that back Israel.
Turkey, which backs a two-state resolution to the protracted dispute, has censured Israel harshly for its Gaza campaign.
After the raid on October 7, Israel declared war on the militant organization Hamas, which is in charge of the Palestinian region.
The Israeli air and ground attacks have claimed the lives of almost 15,500 people, according to the health ministry in Gaza.
During a speech at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) committee meeting in Istanbul, Erdogan accused Western nations of providing “unconditional support to kill babies” by backing Israel.
He referred to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu as the “butcher of Gaza” and likened him to Slobodan Milosevic, stating that Netanyahu would be tried for his actions.
Erdogan criticized Western powers for overlooking civilian deaths and defended Turkey’s stance on Hamas, which it does not label as a terrorist group.
He called for the evaluation of the UN Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court in addressing the Gaza situation, emphasizing the need to consider Israel’s nuclear arsenal.
Erdogan also criticized the UN Security Council, urging urgent reform and stating that its current structure does not represent the world.