Turkey's Erdogan says Israel lost prestige in Gaza assault

"(What happened in) Davos stemmed from the understanding of my being the voice of my nation," Erdogan said.

Turkey's Erdogan says Israel lost prestige in Gaza assault
The Turkish prime minister said on Friday that Israel lost prestige in Gaza assault.

He underlined the importance of being the voice of silent groups in the world.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that being the voice of silent groups in the world was very important.

"(What happened in) Davos stemmed from the understanding of my being the voice of my nation," Erdogan told reporters.

On January 29, Prime Minister Erdogan walked off the stage at a panel discussion on Gaza at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland after the moderator interrupted his speech in response to Israeli President Shimon Peres' criticisms and said that he would not attend the Davos meetings in the future.

Erdogan's reaction found support throughout the world, especially in Islamic countries.

Erdogan said that he was personally uneasy about the understanding of the Israeli administration that "whatever they said had to be done."

The Turkish prime minister said he believed there was injustice in Gaza.

"It is impossible to justify the bombardment on defenseless people, pounding phosphorus bombs and cannon balls," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said it was obvious that Israel did that for politics, but could not get the outcome they wanted.

"Israel lost prestige, not gained," he said.

Also, Erdogan said that he expected U.S. President Barack Obama to be the voice of silent groups, and he would tell it to Obama in their first meeting.

Erdogan also said that the United States should manage to be the voice of silent groups in the Middle East, and in other places in the world.

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