By Middle East Affairs
- The international community promptly contacted Israel, condemning the killing of 61 Palestinians and injuring more than 2800 in Gaza on Monday.
- Several countries including South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors in a move that signals a critical deterioration of diplomatic relations.
Turkey has stood by Palestine by revoking its ambassadors to Israel and the United States.
Tuesday after the death count from Monday, had risen to 61, Turkey banished the Israeli ambassador effective as of immediately.
In a speech broadcast on state television, Turkish President Erdogan called, “What Israel has done is a genocide. I condemn this humanitarian drama, the genocide, from whichever side it comes, Israel or America.”
He said that Turkey will continue to stand with Palestine in their fight for independence. His Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag, announced 3 days of mourning for the 61 Palestinians who were killed on Monday by Israeli bullets or succumbed to their injuries following Israeli violence tactics.
The South African embassy led the way by put out a statement Monday evening to the Israeli Foreign Ministry telling them of their decision to send back its ambassador to Israel. The statement said that this was a direct action of the extraordinarily high death count in Gaza. The embassy’s consultant will fulfill the duties of the ambassador, until his return, which is unknown as of now.
Spokesman Dmitry Peskov for the Russian government also wished to express Russian concern over the killings of Palestinians and said they were closely monitoring the situation, reported Reuters. They called upon countries, especially, ones in the Middle East to act as mediators, in seeking a de-escalation of tensions in the region.
France which spent last week trying to persuade the United State to keep its position in the Iran Nuclear Deal expressed its criticism of President Trump’s decision to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a holy city.
Emmanuel Macron, the French President released a statement on Monday criticizing the violence against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza. He also spoke with Jordan’s King Abdullah and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.
On Tuesday, Macron will be speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to convey his regret of Israeli actions. So far he has expressed his disapproval of Israeli use of violence and terror towards Palestinian protestors in the Great Return marches.
Ireland, which has stood up for Palestinian rights of self-determination in the past, championed for Palestine once more. Ireland called Zeev Boker, the Israeli ambassador in Dublin to express its utter shock at Israel’s behavior that resulted in an inordinate amount of Palestinian death and injuries.
The Irish government also informed Booker of Ireland’s request for an independent UN investigation into the deaths in Gaza. A spokesperson for the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed that Ireland summoned Boker but refused to disclose any other details from the conversation between the two countries.
Belgium joins the list of countries recalling their ambassadors from Israel, they have also written in support of an investigation to hold Israel accountable for its reign of terror and violence on Monday, and over the last 6 weeks of protests in Gaza.
Palestine is well aware of the United States’s blocking of a U.N. call of investigation of Palestinian deaths from Israeli forces.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, accused the US administration of “providing a cover for Israel to continue its aggression against the Palestinian people.”
John O. Brennan, the former CIA Director during the years 2013-17, took to Twitter to express his dismay at Israel.
Deaths in Gaza result of utter disregard of Messers Trump & Netanyahu for Palestinian rights & homeland. By moving Embassy to Jerusalem, Trump played politics, destroyed US peacemaker role. New generation of Israelis/Palestinians need to isolate extremists to find path to peace.
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) May 14, 2018
The United State’s position at the UN Security Council, Redeineh said, “encourages Israel to defy UN resolutions aimed at ending its occupation.”
Parts of American society are also split on the United State’s relationship with Israel, and Israel’s behavior.