Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan slammed Israel over its offensive in Gaza on Tuesday and said it was a bid by the Israeli leadership to score points ahead of the general elections in February. (UPDATED)
"I am telling Ehud Barak and (Tzipi) Livni to forget about the elections, because history will judge them for the black stain they are leaving on humanity," Erdogan said in its Justice and Development Party's meeting referring to the Israeli ministers of defense and foreign affairs.
The Jewish nation "has suffered much in history and should know best the sanctity of human life, especially that of women and children... and the importance of the culture of co-existence," he said.
The Islamist Hamas, which controls
Erdogan also condemned the offensive as "savagery" and asked, "What reason can justify such savagery?"
He said his government aimed to construct a viable action plan to reach a permanent ceasefire, adding that he saw a sense of common sense growing in the region after his talks with
Erdogan has harshly criticized
A Turkish envoy is in