Gaza: Turkish PM Praised for Criticizing Israel

Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Jan. 30 praised Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for sharp criticisms of Israel that he made Jan. 29 in a panel discussion with Israeli President Shimon Peres, according to media reports. Hamas lawmaker Mushir al-Masri Mashir called Erdogan’s remarks “daring and responsible” and said his position on Israel is “more advanced than those of the Arab and Islamic regimes.” Thousands of Palestinians reportedly demonstrated in Gaza carrying Turkish flags and pictures of Erdogan.

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