The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has 57 member states that include more than 1.5 billion Muslims, while the Arab League has 22 member states that have close to half a billion inhabitants. Syria was welcomed back into the Arab League this May after being expelled in 2011 due to President Assad’s brutal war against his own population in which around half a million people died, while 13 million refugees inside and outside the country caused the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.
During the meeting, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi praised the terrorist group Hamas for their war against Israel and called on Muslim countries to impose sanctions on Israel.
“We kiss the hands of Hamas for its opposition to Israel,” Raisi said, according to Iranian media, in his speech, saying that the only solution to the conflict is a Palestinian state from “the river to the sea,” thus repeating the slogans about annihilating Israel which were heard in demonstrations in the West supporting Hamas.
The Iranian regime hailed the massacre of Israeli civilians on 7th October and immediately organised celebrations in the streets. Iran’s proxy forces in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen have recently attacked both Israel and US forces in the region with scores of rocket and drone attacks.
The meeting in Saudi Arabia was preceded by a regional conference in Ankara on Israel’s war with Hamas. Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan then met his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amirabdollahian, who had just met with leaders of Hamas in Qatar. The foreign ministers warned that the armed groups supported by Iran in the region could attack Israel, reported Turkish media.
Iran-backed militias in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen have already begun attacking Israeli and US targets in the region.
Muslims around the world have hailed the Hamas terror attack and organized anti-Israel demonstrations.
Israel recently recalled its diplomats in Turkey after Erdogan threatened war and praised the terrorist group Hamas. During a large mass meeting at the end of October, Turkey’s president warned Israel that Turkey could “come unexpectedly any night”. Hundreds of thousands of listeners responded by shouting: “Turkish military to Gaza,” according to Turkish media.
Part of the Ottoman Empire
Erdogan pointed out that Gaza was once part of the Ottoman Empire and equated cities in Greece, Macedonia, Syria, Iraq and Gaza with Turkish cities that were “forcibly removed from the Turkish homeland”.
In addition to Gaza, he also described Aleppo, Mosul, Skopje and Thessaloniki as once “inseparable parts of the homeland’s territory” and at the same time described Israel as an “occupier” and an “invader” in the region. Already last spring, the President of Turkey spoke with the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi by phone about “the Islamic world should unite against Israel’s attacks in Palestine”.
Israel recently summoned Russia’s ambassador to Israel to protest Russia’s support for Hamas and refusal to condemn the October 7 terrorist attack. Representatives from Iran, Russia and Hamas met on October 27 at the Iranian embassy in Moscow to discuss their strategy in the ongoing war against Israel.