Why is Erdoğan siding with Hamas?

After presented himself as a possible mediator between Israel and Hamas, Turkish President Erdoğan has now declared Israel a "war criminal" and Hamas as a "group of liberators". Commentators are not surprised by this change of tactic but disagree on how Nato partners should react.

Die Welt (DE) /

Expel Turkish state imams

This must have consequences for Germany’s dealings with Turkey, the Welt makes clear:

“A first appropriate response would be to terminate the cooperation with the Turkish religious authority Diyanet that was agreed upon in the 1980s and to expel the approximately one thousand imams who work as officials of the Turkish state at the mosques of the Ditib association. ... Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the state, wanted nothing less for the Turkish Republic than for it to attain the ‘level of contemporary civilisation’ and even surpass it. A century later, Erdogan places Turkey not only outside the West, but also outside the civilised world.”

Deniz Yücel
Visão (PT) /

All trust has been squandered

Erdoğan can no longer be relied on, Visão observes:

“First with Ukraine and now with Israel, there is a growing sense of total mistrust regarding his political and military alignment. Turkey is a very powerful and important country for the West, but Erdoğan cannot be trusted. ... He is becoming more and more unreliable. If Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty were invoked, Erdoğan (not to be confused with Turkey) would be the first to revolt and leave Nato. He refuses to allow certain Turks to seek refuge in Sweden yet offers refuge to illustrious members of ‘liberation movements’ such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad and an endless list of other terrorist organisations.”

Luís Delgado
republica.ro (RO) /

Incitement against the West

Erdoğan is getting the Muslim community worked up, says republica.ro:

“Turkey will not send troops to Gaza, it will not attack Israel, but Muslims all the way from Pakistan to America have now mobilised. ... Erdoğan is relying on the transnational, global connections between Muslims. He is trying to get the Muslim population to rise up against the West, but also against moderate Arab leaders, like those of Egypt and Jordan or even the Palestinian Authority.”

Cristian Tudor Popescu