Gul lashes out at Israel for ongoing Gaza assault

Turkey's President Abdullah Gül has said he is "ashamed on behalf of humanity" because of Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip.

Gul lashes out at Israel for ongoing Gaza assault

Turkey's President Abdullah Gül has said he is "ashamed on behalf of humanity" because of Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip.

"I feel ashamed on behalf of humanity about what's happening. I feel sadness about the world's silence and inability to secure a cease-fire in an environment where so many children have died," Gül said in Ankara.

Gül also expressed that Turkey has made "great efforts" to elicit a cease-fire. "Turkey has acted proactively as if these things would happen, but unfortunately they could not be prevented," he said. "Everyone should help to bring about a cease-fire. There would be great instability if the current situation goes on. That instability would be carried on to later generations."

ALL POSITIVE DEVELOPMENTS SUDDENLY TURNED OUT TO BE USELESS

The president said Turkey is doing everything it can on both a regional and United Nations level, in addition to helping transfer humanitarian aid to Gaza. "The situation is dangerous. All positive developments, from the Annapolis Conference to all the others, suddenly turned out to be useless. They have been destroyed," he said.

President Abdullah Gül has said he is "ashamed on behalf of humanity" because of Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip.

"I feel ashamed on behalf of humanity about what's happening. I feel sadness about the world's silence and inability to secure a cease-fire in an environment where so many children have died," Gül said yesterday in Ankara.

Gül also expressed that Turkey has made "great efforts" to elicit a cease-fire. "Turkey has acted proactively as if these things would happen, but unfortunately they could not be prevented," he said. "Everyone should help to bring about a cease-fire. There would be great instability if the current situation goes on. That instability would be carried on to later generations."

The president said Turkey is doing everything it can on both a regional and United Nations level, in addition to helping transfer humanitarian aid to Gaza.

"The situation is dangerous. All positive developments, from the Annapolis Conference to all the others, suddenly turned out to be useless. They have been destroyed," he said. Gül also called out to the incoming US administration.

NEW US ADMINISTRATION CAN DO MUCH

"Knowing that there are more than 1,000 dead and that one-third of these are children and allowing the situation to go on is very dangerous. Following a cease-fire, it is necessary to establish a system in which Palestine and Israel can live side by side and a Palestinian state can be established without further problems. There is much for the new American administration to do," he said. "From Afghanistan to Africa and Iraq, the underlying cause of the crisis in the world stems from Palestine."

He recalled Israel's attack on Beirut in 2006. "Such pains cannot be repeated every two years. Are we going to have something like this in two years? Neither the region nor the world can carry that weight."

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