Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Israel should be barred from the United Nations headquarters for ignoring a Security Council's call for a ceasefire in Gaza.
The offensive has sparked protests across Turkey. Turkey won a non-permanent seat at the Security Council last year.
"Israel does not comply with the binding resolution of the United Nations concerning the ceasefire. This is a habit for Israel. Israel is a country that has not complied with hundreds of U.N. resolutions in the past," Erdogan said in a speech to his party that was broadcast live on television.
"I want to ask the United Nations -- how can a country, which continuously ignores resolutions of the U.N. Security Council be allowed to enter through the gates of the United Nations (headquarters)?"
Turkish public opinion is increasingly anger with Israel's Gaza assault.
Erdogan said Israel was mocking world leaders for firing at a United Nations' Relief and World Agency (UNRWA) compound in Gaza on Thursday.
"Israel hit a U.N. building while the U.N. Secretary General (Ban Ki-moon) was in Gaza. This is openly challenging the world. This means Israel is making fun of the world. There must be no more casualties and this war must stop," he said.
Ban, touring the region to win support for a ceasefire, will visit Ankara on Friday for talks with Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul.
Turkish people called on the government to cut ties with Israel.
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