In perhaps the strongest sign yet of Europe turning away from Israel, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for her suspension from the UN.

Israel should be barred from the United Nations while it ignores the organization’s calls to stop fighting in Gaza, Turkey’s prime minister said Friday, urging the world not to turn a blind eye to Israel’s “savagery.”

“How is such a country, which totally ignores and does not implement resolutions of the U.N. Security Council, allowed to enter through the gates of the U.N.?” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Erdogan spoke before U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Ankara. Erdogan’s comments reflected growing anger in Turkey, Israel’s best friend in the Muslim world, over Israel’s Gaza operation.

It’s virtually inconceivable that this will be taken seriously.  Israel is rather immune to condemnations from the General Assembly, which have become routine over the years, and the Security Council will not make any pronouncements so long as the United States has a veto.

James Joyner is managing editor of the Atlantic Council. 


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