Erdogan threatens to impose economic embargo on Israel
With the decision of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to impose an embargo on Israeli products, Turkey will also review its economic ties with Israel after the early June 24 elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said.
"I hope the OIC counties will put the decision of the embargo into practice. After all, there will be no way to get any products from them anymore. Of course, we will assess the situation as well," he stressed.
"As Turkey, we will evaluate our ties, particularly economic and trade, with them. We have an upcoming election. We will take steps in this direction after the elections," Hurriyet Daily cited Erdogan as saying.
Turkey's president recalled that the OIC had urged the United Nations to establish a peace force to protect Palestinians similar to the one in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina years ago, adding that they had also agreed on an investigation commission.
The OIC held an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on May 18 to discuss the recent Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip. Since rallies in Gaza kicked off on March 30, scores of Palestinian demonstrators have been killed and thousands were injured by Israeli troops deployed along the other side of the border.