Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched his most bitter attack yet against Israel over its air campaign in the Gaza Strip, accusing it of seeking a "systematic genocide" of the Palestinians.
Erdogan has in the last days intensified his rhetoric against Israel as he presents himself as a leader of the entire Islamic world ahead of August 10 elections in Turkey.
But in his latest attack on Israel, he went even further in comments that could endanger attempts for a normalisation in the troubled ties between Israel and Turkey.
"This is not the first time we have been confronted by such situations," Erdogan told a meeting of Islamic scholars in Istanbul to mark the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Since (the creation of the state of Israel) in 1948 we have been witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every day and every month.
"But above all we are witnessing this attempt at systematic genocide every Ramadan."
“The Western world remains silent, so does the Islamic world. Because those who lost their lives are Palestinian, you can't hear their voices," Erdogan added.
Erdogan renewed his vehement criticism of the United Nations, which he accused of having no use as well as persuing a hidden agenda.
Erdogan accused other Islamic countries of being indifferent to the fate of the Palestinians, a possible reference to Sunni Gulf Arab states with whom Ankara has prickly ties.
I am asking the Islamic world? Isn't your heart shattered? Forget about the West, If your family does not embrace you, would others do that?