#OurVoiceErdogan topped the global trend on Twitter, nearly four hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
Some 220,000 tweets were published using the tag until 19:19 GMT, in broad international support for what the Turkish president addressed in his speech.
Speaking at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday, Erdogan highlighted issues including the Palestinian issue, the Syrian crisis, the escalation between Iran and the United States, as well as the dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The Turkish president also addressed the issues of racism and hate speech in the West, as well as nuclear armament, the war against ISIS, and his emphasis on the need to reform the United Nations system and the UN Security Council.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for the implementation of UN and UN Security Council resolutions on Israel.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Erdogan said: “If the UN and Security Council resolutions on Israel are not implemented, then what’s the use of this organization?”
“If we’re not influential in our decisions, where will justice be?”, He said, calling on the United Nations to support the Palestinian people beyond promises.
“I wonder where Israel is, what land is Israel in?
Where was Israel in 1947, where did it become in 1949 and 1967, and where is it now?”
“Almost 1947, there is no such thing as Israel, and the whole area is Palestine.
After the partition resolution in the same year, Palestine began to shrink and Israel expanded until 1967”, he said.
“The current situation is almost non-existent Palestine, almost the entire region has become Israel, and do you satisfy Israel?
No, it is currently trying to take what is left”.
“There are many UN Security Council resolutions on Israel.
No, then what’s the use of the UN?”
He stressed that Turkey’s position on the issue of Jerusalem is clear, and that the solution lies in the establishment of a Palestinian state, be independent and homogeneous territory on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.
He stressed that any other peace plan would not be fair or acceptable or had chances of implementation.
“From the UN platform I ask, where are the borders of Israel?
Is it the 1948 borders?
Or the 1967 borders or are there other borders?
If residential areas in the West Bank, other occupied Palestinian territories and the Golan Heights aren’t within Israel’s borders, how can they be usurped before the eyes of the world?”
“Is the purpose of the initiative presented as the deal of the century to eliminate the State of Palestine and the full existence of its people?”
The US peace plan known as the “deal of the century” is said to force Palestinians, with the help of Arab states, to make unfair concessions in favor of Israel, especially on the right of return of refugees, the status of occupied Jerusalem and the borders of a Palestinian state.
On the other hand, Erdogan drew attention to the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel, which is one of the most unjust places in the world.
Erdogan criticized the international community’s silence over the killing of a Palestinian woman by Israeli security forces in full view of the world.
“If the brutal killings of an innocent Palestinian woman by the Israeli security forces don’t move our conscience, it is no longer meaningful”, he said.
He pointed out that the current Israeli government through its acts of these crimes, imposing an inhuman blockade on the Gaza Strip, illegal settlement activities and changing the historical and legal status of Jerusalem do not stop at violating international law, but go beyond it to trample on all human values.
On the other hand, the Turkish president considered that the possession of nuclear weapons must be allowed to all or prohibited for all, calling for a change in the work of international institutions.
In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Erdogan stressed that inequality between countries that possess and don’t have nuclear weapons undermines the global balance.
The Turkish president renewed the call for amendments to the work system of the UN Security Council, stressing that the world is greater than the five permanent members of the United Nations, which has the right of veto.
He pointed out that Turkey alone cannot bear the burden of hosting Syrian refugees, reiterating his call for the establishment of a safe area in northeastern Syria, adding that Turkey could resettle between 1 million to 2 million Syrians in this region.
Erdogan warned that if the safe zone planned with the US wasn’t implemented by the end of September, Turkey would implement its own “action plan”, he stressed that his country hosts 5 million refugees, pointing out that asylum seekers in his country more than the population of 29 US states combined.