Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday that the “rogue state” of Israel will eventually “target” Turkey for invasion once its war with Hamas is complete, justifying Turkey’s continued support for the Palestinian militant group.

“Israel will not stop in Gaza, and if not stopped, this rogue state will eventually target Anatolia with its delusions of a promised land,” President Erdogan told members of the Turkish Parliament. “We will continue to stand by Hamas, which fights for the independence of its own land and which defends Anatolia.”

The Anatolia region, also known as Asia Minor, comprises the majority of Turkey’s contemporary territory and measures over 292,000 square miles—more than 34 times the size of Israel.

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While the Israeli government has made no public statements expressing any hostile intent towards Turkey, diplomatic relations between the two countries have soured since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. Erdogan has been among the most outspoken critics of Israel on the world stage, going so far as to “write off” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the war effort. At the same time, Turkish ambassadors were withdrawn from Tel Aviv in protest of the “unfolding humanitarian tragedy” in Gaza, prompting Israeli delegates to be recalled from Ankara as well.

However, despite Erdogan’s harsh condemnation, it took another six months for Turkey to freeze its trade agreements with Israel—and then days later, the decision was partially walked back to allow the transporting of construction equipment to Israel. The flow of oil from neighboring Azerbaijan has also been unaffected.

Nevertheless, Erdogan and other Turkish officials continue to express solidarity with the Palestinian cause and accuse Israel of propagating genocide. Turkey also plans to back South Africa’s genocide case against Israel in the International Court of Justice.

“On Nakba, the Day of Catastrophe, we once again declare with all our being and resources that we stand by Palestine and the Palestinian cause,” Erdogan said. “We will also ensure that the perpetrators of genocide face justice.”


Connor Walcott is a staff writer for Valuetainment.com. Follow Connor on X and look for him on VT’s “The Unusual Suspects.”

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