Statement by the president of the German Central Jewish Council
The president of the German Central Jewish Council Joseph Schuster he does not consider the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan legal political partner for Germany.
“Anyone who not only denies Israel’s right to exist but actively opposes it, should not be a partner for German politics,” he told the RND news group ahead of Erdogan’s planned visit to Berlin on Friday.
“The Turkish president’s visit should be used by the federal chancellor to make it very clear to Erdogan that his certification of Hamas terrorism will not be accepted under any circumstances,” Schuster said.
Erdogan, who has recently questioned Israel’s legitimacy, is expected to visit Berlin on Friday.
Recently, the Turkish leader expressed his strong support for Hamas, calling it a liberation movement.
Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7 killing an estimated 1,200 people and taking 240 hostages prompting Israel to respond militarily.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz invited the Turkish leader after his re-election in May.
Erdogan is also expected to meet with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Scholz has already said he intends to address Germany’s and Turkey’s differing positions on the war in Gaza.
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