Amid world order in tatters, regional powers denounce crisis triggered by Israeli Gaza bloodbath

Fuad Muxtarlı Analysis 15 May 2018
Amid world order in tatters, regional powers denounce crisis triggered by Israeli Gaza bloodbath

Being strong doesn’t mean you’ll never get hurt or you are just and this is a philosophy that drives unarmed Palestinians out on the streets in search of justice though they are get killed instead in cold blood and mercilessly.

As predicted, the messianic U.S.-Israel axis showcased on May 14 once more at the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem is gut-punch to the whole region, in particular, to Washington’s toothless Arab allies, and will inevitably dramatize the situation and claim more and more victims and sufferings to innocent people and is high likely to involve new states in the conflict and provoke a new wave of bitter confrontation.

The Monday’s predictable bloodbath in Gaza was not only stopped by the superpower but added fuel to the flames and Israel did everything possible to galvanize the situation without lifting a finger to prevent lethal clashes, killing around 60 innocent civilians from all ages.

As the unarmed Palestinian protest death toll from Israeli live gunfire on protesters along the Gaza-Israeli border continues to rise, international reaction has decried the high number of victims, branding it a massacre. Also funerals for 60 Gazans killed expected to ratchet tensions on border with further deepening of enmity as U.S. blocks Security Council statement, calling to investigate Israel over the protest death toll.

Turkey brands Gaza killings as “genocide”

The reactions from the regional powers of Turkey, Iran and Russia unequivocally condemned the killings of around 60 protesters. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the “humanitarian tragedy” in Gaza, describing the Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters as “genocide”.

Earlier in the day, Turkey recalled its ambassadors to Tel Aviv and Washington for consultations, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said, adding that the Turkish government has also declared three days of mourning in solidarity with Palestine and to commemorate its martyrs.

"The Islamic world is obliged to show humanity, unity and solidarity against these cruelties. No one should remain silent over this persecution," Turkish Prime Minister said.

U.S. President Donald Trump sparked an international outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate the U.S. embassy to the city. The relocation coincides with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s establishment in 1948 - an event Palestinians refer to as the “Nakba” or the “The Catastrophe”.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered on the Gaza Strip’s eastern border on May 14 to hold protests aimed at commemorating the Nakba anniversary and to protest the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Israel’s Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Iran blames U.S. for alleged support to terrorism

Iran’s national security head Ali Shamkhani lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for the relocation of the embassy and held official Tel Aviv for the growing tension.

"Taking into consideration security-related and political outcomes of any decision on Quds, the Zionist regime and America will be directly responsible for the instability and insecurity as a result of such unwise actions," Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Shamkhani said.

"Trump, who has made strategic mistakes like supporting terrorism, violating the JCPOA and international laws and pacts, as well as trampling the rights of the Palestinian people, has become a symbol of boosting chaos and violence internationally," Shamkhani added.

The Iranian official added that Trump's decision was expected to result in further unity among Muslims in defense of their sanctities and their determination against Israel.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described the U.S. embassy relocation to Jerusalem amid fierce protests by Palestinians as "great day of shame".

"Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in world's largest open air prison. Meanwhile, Trump celebrates move of U.S. illegal embassy and his Arab collaborators move to divert attention. A day of great shame," Zarif tweeted in English.

Iran’s parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani also blasted what he described as Donald Trump's "feeblemindedness" for the decisions that he makes, including the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem and last week's pullout of the Iranian nuclear deal.

Trump should not think that his actions regarding the relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and quitting the Iranian nuclear deal will go unanswered, Larijani told the emergency meeting of the Palestine Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Tehran on May 14.

"I believe that America's incumbent president does not have the ability to comprehend long-term consequences of his actions," Larijani said. He added that such actions will result in an increase in tension and insecurity in the world.

"Feeble-mindedness carries heavy expenses for politicians," Larijani stressed. Speaking of the U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Iranian Speaker called on Islamic states to react to the U.S. move.

"We do not only strongly condemn the Zionist regime's inhumane actions, but also strongly condemn the statements of the U.S. State Department and American president and urge Muslim states and the international community to urgently respond to them," he said.

Larijani called on Muslim countries and world's freedom-seekers to counter Israel and the U.S. efforts to obtain international support for moving the embassy to Jerusalem. "Islamic states can take practical steps by cutting political and economic ties with this regime and appealing to The Hague International Court to receive the court's advisory opinion on revocation of this move on the basis of the UN General Assembly's resolution," Larijani said.

Russia calls for dialogue

Russia has warned against the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and voiced concerns about further escalation in the region but failed to sharply denounce the killing of protesters by Israel.

"Despite a serious escalation on the ground, the Americans continue to persistently demonstrate approaches that go against the will of the overwhelming majority of the international community. Today's inaugural ceremony in Jerusalem, symbolizing the start of the transfer of the U.S. embassy to there from Tel-Aviv, is yet another example of this," special presidential representative for the Middle East and North Africa Mikhail Bogdanov said on May 14.

Moscow is confident that "such steps made by the Trump administration could lead to an extreme escalation, result in mass clashes between Palestinians and Israelis, and lead to a growing number of victims on both sides".

Bogdanov said that the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December 2017 resulted in "yet another spiral of violence in the Palestinian Territories and a sharp escalation around Gaza".

“We have repeatedly and publicly expressed our negative attitude towards this decision and President Putin has also stated this,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on May 14 and expressed his hope that agreements which have been secured by decisions of the international community should not be unilaterally revised in such a manner.

These decisions state that all issues pertaining to the final Palestinian-Israeli settlement–and the status of Jerusalem is one of the most important ones– can only be solved by direct dialogue between the leadership of Israel and the Palestinian leadership, the Russian foreign minister added.

Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s offer to act as an intermediary. As you already know, Russia has repeatedly offered its services and its territory to help launch such a direct dialogue. Our proposal is still valid, the minister said.