In an unusual display of solidarity, Turkey’s parliament, representing six political factions including the pro-Kurdish Green Left Party, issued a joint statement calling for an end to the Israel-Hamas war and advocating for a “lasting peace through dialogue”, a sentiment that resonates with the Green Left Party’s peace-oriented stance.
However, the consensus comes at a time when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have spearheaded military campaigns in North and East Syria, where civilian areas have been targeted, leading to Saliha Aydeniz, co-chair of the Democratic Regions Party (DBP), and critics in the country drawing parallels with Israel’s actions in Gaza.
The multi-party statement, which condemned “methods of collective punishment in Gaza” and urged for a “swift and equitable resolution” was endorsed by key figures from all parties, including Saruhan Oluç from the Green Left Party, Bahadır Yenişehirlioğlu from the AKP, and Erkan Akçay from the MHP.
A recent press conference held by the radical Islamist Free Cause Party (HÜDA PAR) featured a Hamas executive who called on the ruling AKP to take a clear stand in support of the Palestinian resistance. It followed a controversial statement made online by Turkish Deputy Education Minister Nazif Yılmaz towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, threatening “you will die horribly”, which he later deleted.